Visual Arts – Photography

2VAPY

Through the study of Visual Arts – Photography students develop skills in traditional photography (darkroom) and digital imaging.

Course details

  • Cost The 2016 subject fee for Visual Arts – Photography is $120.00

About the subject

Students research, analyse, explore and experiment with media and technique, and resolve and produce practical work. They use visual thinking and investigation to develop ideas and concepts, refine technical skills, and produce imaginative solutions. Students learn to communicate personal ideas, beliefs, values, thoughts, feelings, concepts and opinions, and provide observations of their lived or imagined experiences in visual form.

For both 10-credit and 20-credit programs, with a focus on either art or design, the following three areas of study are covered:

  • Visual Thinking
  • Practical Resolution
  • Visual Arts in Context

Assessment

Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Folio40%
Practical30%
External Assessment 
Visual Study30%

Information on the External Assessment

A visual study is an exploration of, and/or experimentation with, one or more styles, ideas, concepts, media, materials, methods, techniques, or technologies. Students base their exploration and/or experimentation on critical analysis of the work of other practitioners, individual research, and the development of visual thinking and/or technical skills. They present the findings of their visual study as well as their conclusions, insights, and personal opinions about aesthetics.

Students are to provide an A3 folio or CD or DVD with photographs of their visual explorations. Audiovisual electronic format may be necessary if the study idea is a practical application in three dimensions, for example, model making, sculpture, installation, performance, or body art. The A3 folio, CD or DVD should contain written or verbal material that should include introductory information, annotated comments, analysis, response, synthesis, and conclusions.

Students are to provide an A3 folio or a CD or DVD with photographs of their visual explorations. An audiovisual electronic format may be necessary if the study idea is a practical application in three dimensions, such as model-making, sculpture, installation, performance, or body art. The A3 folio, CD, or DVD should contain written or oral material that should include introductory information, annotated comments, analysis, synthesis, and conclusions.

For a 10-credit subject, students should submit a maximum of ten A3 pages (or equivalent) of visual study, integrated with a maximum of 1000 words of written text (source references not included) or a maximum of 6 minutes of recorded oral explanation.

For 20-credit subjects, students should submit a maximum of twenty A3 pages (or equivalent) of visual study, integrated with a maximum of 2000 words of written text (source references not included) or a maximum of 12 minutes of recorded oral explanation.

The visual study is double graded, firstly by the student’s teacher and secondly by an external assessor appointed by the SACE Board. The teacher and the external assessor make a decision about the quality of the visual study with reference to performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Visual Arts Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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