Visual Arts

Junior Art

Visual Art is offered as a semester course in Year 9, and as a full year or semester option in Year 10. Within these courses students are encouraged to develop creative, problem-solving thinking skills through their use of a range of media and techniques (drawing, paint, print, design, photography, sculpture). Students will gain understanding of the purpose of Art as a means of personal expression, and its role in our daily lives.

Level 1 ART

In Year 11 Visual Art, students will explore ideas around their own interests, identity and culture. They will develop a body of work based on a theme of their choice.  Students will further develop their creative, problem-solving thinking skills through a range of media and techniques (drawing, paint, print).

Level 2 PAINTING

Students build on prior knowledge from Level 1 Art to begin investigations into their own art making methods and practice. Students are encouraged to follow individual paths, to manage self and to value critical thinking.

Level 3 PAINTING

Students will develop depth and breadth of understanding in their selected painting field using current contemporary practice to inform their own ideas about Art. It is expected that students will develop their own personal theme for the year producing a body of work. Students manage their own research processes and learn to value others' ideas through peer discussion, analysis and critical thinking.

Level 3 ART HISTORY

Students explore aesthetics and meaning in Art related to specific contexts; developing oral, written and visual means of communicating understanding. The course prepares students to make sense of art and visual imagery in a wide range of contexts. It develops arts literacy along with language literacy in a global and media savvy world. Topics covered are Modernism to Postmodernism including Surrealism, Cubism, Dada, Expressionism, Feminism, Abstraction, Pop Art, Realism and more.

Level 2 DESIGN

Level 2 Design will develop students problem solving and visual communication skills by looking in depth at what makes good design, encouraging individualised research, lateral thinking and generating original ideas. Topics covered may include magazine design, posters, billboards, typography, design history etc. Programs taught include: Photoshop and In-Design. These skills are transferable to a wide variety of arts disciplines and other design industries.

Level 3 DESIGN

Level 3 Design will develop depth and breadth of understanding in their selected area of Design using contemporary practice to inform their own themes about Design and communication. It is expected that students will develop their own 'client' for the year producing a body of relevant work. Students manage their own research processes and learn to value others' ideas through peer discussion, analysis and critical thinking.

Level 1 PHOTOGRAPHY

In Level 1 Photography the students learn not only the fundamentals of photography (manual camera use, Photoshop, lighting control, composition etc) but also how to confidently express ideas in the photographic medium. Students will cover other areas along with Photography such as Design, Stop Motion Animation and Art History, using themes of Identity - Self, Social Documentary or Expressionism as a tool for developing ideas.

Level 2 PHOTOGRAPHY

In Level 2 Photography students can pick the subject up fresh or they can continue to build on their prior photographic learning from Level 1. Students are encouraged to follow individual paths and idea development, to manage self and to value critical thinking. There is the opportunity to do digital portfolios and moving image art work in this course. Most of the year is exploring a photographic genre of their choice and developing ideas through use of the camera and Photoshop.

Level 3 PHOTOGRAPHY

This course extends on from the students work from Level 2 Photography. Students develop a depth and breadth of understanding in their selected style using current contemporary practice to inform their own ideas about Visual Art. Students will develop their own personal theme for the year producing a body of work. Each student designs and selects a range of Internals and/or the External dependent on their needs and goals for the year. There is the opportunity to do digital portfolios and moving image art work in this course.

Future Pathways

A subject suited for students interested in careers or industries such as being a:
  • Visual Artist   Designer - including graphic, animation, digital (web & other media), illustrator, CGI, computer gaming, costume, stage and set, lighting and sound, spatial, fashion, makeup and product (to name a few). 
  • Film maker, photographer and technicianMedia and television industry
  • Communications - advertising
  • Architect
  • Creative technologies - problem solving, creating, collaborating, blending science and visual art
  • Teaching
  • Curator, exhibition manager
  • Designer - including graphic, animation, CGI, computer gaming, costume, stage and set, lighting and sound
  • Ngā toi and pasifika practitioner, kaiako and kaiāwhina
  • Events coordinator, arts business manager (kaiwhakahaere), arts leader, cultural advisor and organiser


Major Employers of Visual Arts Majors

  • Art studios   
  • Government & private museums & galleries 
  • Local historical societies
  • Auction houses, photography studios
  • Department stores
  • Public & private art schools
  • Adult & community programs
  • Libraries
  • Arts Councils
  • Rehabilitation Centers, retirement homes, hospitals
  • Apparel manufacturers
  • Interior design departments
  • Newspaper or publishing houses
  • Advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers and trade publications
  • Film & motion pictures and media producers  


Related Occupations

  • Advertising Artist
  • Advertising Designer
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Airbrush Artist
  • Animator
  • Antiques Dealer
  • Architectural Model Builder
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Exhibition Coordinator
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Assistant Curator
  • Auctioneer
  • Audio Visual Artist
  • Bank Note Designer
  • Billboard Artist
  • Book Illustrator
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Bookplate Artist
  • Business Card Artist
  • CAD Designer
  • Calligrapher
  • Caricaturist
  • Cartoonist
  • Catalog Illustrator
  • CD Cover Designer
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Color Expert
  • Copyist Illustrator
  • Costume Designer
  • Courtroom Sketcher
  • Decorator
  • Direct Mail Artist
  • Display Artist/Designer
  • Drafter
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Engraver
  • Engrosser
  • Environmental Designer
  • Etcher
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Film-maker
  • Floral Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Glass Blower
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphics Art Technician
  • Greeting Card Illustrator
  • Impressionist
  • Interior Decorator
  • Internet Web-page Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Kitchenware Designer
  • Label Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Letter Designer
  • Magazine Cover Artist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Memorial Designer
  • Millinery Designer
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Motion Picture Artist/Set Designer
  • Municipal Graphic Designer
  • Mural Artist
  • Museum Artist
  • Newspaper Illustrator
  • Photojournalist
  • Printing Designer
  • Printing Layout Artist
  • Product Illustrator
  • Production Artist
  • Silhouette Artist
  • Silkscreen Artist
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stencil Cutter
  • Still Photographer
  • Textile Designer
  • Topographer
  • Toy Designer
  • Trademark Designer
  • Transporter
  • Urban Designer