NCEA L3 Photography B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Cave-Higgins

Level 3 Photography - Semester 2 (Code: PHT3B)   - UE List A approved                                   

This option is only available in association with Semester 1 (Code: PHT3A).  It is for students who would like endorse in this subject. To endorse, students must complete both Semester 1 & 2. 

Introduction to the course includes the development of skills in photography and art thinking. Students are encouraged to draw from their environment and make artworks recognizing the conventions used in photographic practice. Use of studio lighting, time lapse and various indoor and outdoor photoshoots is expected. 

Additionally, a research project with L1 Literacy credits attached, may be completed.  All developing skills lead towards the 14 credit folio. 

In Semester B, a 14 credit, 3 panel folio may be produced by those who are choosing Semester A and B. This planning and successful production of the external folio will allow for 'course endorsement'.                        With teacher guidance, every student will produce their own range of ideas and artworks. It will often reflect their interests and aspirations.                                                                                                                            Each folio is unique and the student programme is personalized to the suit the individual. It is their ideas and conceptual journey which must be supported by the kaiako / teacher.

Level 3 - Student researching and developing ideas in his workbook

Scholarship, an exam beyond Level 3, is available in this discipline; Photography. Students will 'opt in' and gain regular support and guidance. This is available for anyone who is keen to do what it takes to succeed in a Visual Arts Scholarship submission. We have had many Excellences, Scholarships and Outstanding Scholarships over the recent years. The 'exam' is completed concurrently with the Level 3 years work. Essentially all the gathered workbook information is distilled down to eight A3 pages of inter-connected essence which are submitted in November. (an example page is below)

Course Overview

Semester B
Semester B
– Internals only (3.2 - 4 credits, 3.5 - 4 credits) unless already completed Semester A If Semester A is already completed, then 3.4 (External =Folio - 14 credits) & 3.5 (Internal - 4 credits) is available.

Students who wish to complete the 14-credit folio (3.4) must also select Semester A.
This enables the availability of course endorsement.

Recommended Prior Learning

This course has no pre-requisites. However, experience in Level 2 Photography or another Visual Arts subject is a definite advantage.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Contribution to the costs of take-home components is expected. This includes the specialist papers, printing inks and other folio production costs.


More than one Visual Arts course may be taken at Level 3.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91447 v2
Photography 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to photography
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91452 v2
Photography 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established photography practice
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91457 v2
Photography 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within photography practice
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 14
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 22
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.