Certificate II in Visual Arts (Photography)


Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (VET course)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is a Certificate II in Visual Arts?

Certificate II in Visual Arts is a two year course that allows learners to develop the basic creative and technical skills that underpin visual arts and craft practice. Students will study various photographic styles using both digital and manual film cameras, the darkroom and computers, at school or on location. Genres addressed include Motion, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Studio Lighting, Still Life, Creative Effects and Photographic Fine Art. The key learning experiences within this course include:
  • Occupational, Health and Safety
  • Operating Manual and Digital Cameras
  • Using the Darkroom to produce a variety of Monochrome Photographic Styles
  • Analysing Professional photographic work/s
  • Capturing photographic images
  • Enhancing and Manipulating Images using Computer Technology
  • Compiling a Professional Photographic Portfolio

What makes a student suited to Certificate II in Visual Arts?

Students who achieve success in Certificate II in Visual Arts (Photography) are those who: 
  • are intrigued by visual aesthetics 
  • have demonstrated the ability to work independently and within teams
  • are planning a career where photographic skills are required
  • Are interested in the mechanics of film development and digital editing

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

There are no entry requirements for this qualification although completing a year 10 Art course or some junior art would be beneficial.

What is the cost of this subject?

A $50.00 subject levy per year is inclusive of all excursions and specialist material required to complete the course i.e. B & W Film, use of a manual SLR film camera, darkroom equipment and chemicals, DSLR camera and computer software. 
Print credit is expected to be maintained for colour printing at school.
What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?
Year 11 - Compulsory BYOD

**Please Note:  if you choose this subject you must be prepared to attend a night class and also pay $30 towards an incursion with an industry photographer**

 What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • Year 11 - Compulsory BYOD

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

Assessment is competency based and therefore no levels of achievement are awarded. Progressive completion of competencies including observations, portfolios, questioning and feedback from supervisors. 

Course Units
Qualification Packaging Rules: 9 Units must be completed (4 core units and 5 elective units)

BSBWHS201Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAACD101Use basic drawing techniques
CUAPPR201Make simple creative work
CUARES202Source and use information relevant to own arts practice
CUADIG202Develop digital imaging skills
BSBWOR203Work effectively with others
CUAPHI305Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
CUAPHI302Capture photographic images
CUADIG303Produce digital images

Further information: Mr Rob Emblen (HOD – The Arts) and Mr Mark Biggs (HOD – Senior Schooling), or Student VET Handbook.
Service Agreement: This is a two year course. The RTO (Park Ridge SHS #30421) guarantees that the  student will be provided with every opportunity to complete the certificate as per the rights and obligations outlined in the enrolment process and information handbooks provided. Students successfully achieving all qualification requirements will be provided with a qualification and a record of results. Students who achieve at least one unit of competency (but not the full qualification) will receive a Statement of Attainment. Students who enter late into the course may not be able to achieve the certificate.
Late enrolment may limit the possibility of achieving Certificate II in Visual Arts due to reduced contact time. These limitations are outlined by the Australian Qualifications Framework policies on volume of learning imposed on the course. 
Last reviewed 03 September 2019
Last updated 03 September 2019