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Stage 5 Elective Photographic and Digital Media (Years 9 and 10)

For Years 9 and 10, Photographic and Digital Media is also an elective option, providing a deeper engagement with image making and studying practices that concentrate on photographic and film making forms. The concept of the Body of Work is explored with students executing and manipulating images that are related by theme or genre including:

•             Structural foundations of camera and software manipulation and image composition

•             Subjective photo-expression and the surreal

•             Postmodern applications to challenge photographic image conventions

•             Cultural perspectives that reflect photographic and moving image trends and effects

The Photographic and Digital Media Journal is a significant tool for students to use to show evidence of their research and investigations. This includes their idea development and their interests and explorations of such photographic and digital forms as wet photography, camera based and non-camera based works, digital media in printed form, manipulated images including collage, montage and image transfers, enhanced images derived from wet photography, computer-generated images and digital drawings.

Students are expected to research artworks and photographic artists which can inform their own photographic and digital practice; they connect with key content through the related visual art response types to construct critical evaluations and narratives about artworks, photographer's issues and contexts to prepare the way for their Preliminary and Higher School Certificate studies in Creative Arts subjects.

Stage 6 Photography, Video and Digital Imaging

Students are offered the non-ATAR course in years 11 and 12.  Opportunities exist to engage with wet photography, video and digital imaging through a range of traditional and emergent forms and themes. Students of Orange High School have full access to the complete Adobe Creative Suite which is the industry standard in both commercial and artistic applications. Pathways for this course are TAFE and a range of university courses.






Year 9

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Foundations of Photography

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Landscape Photography

Object Photography


The subjective and structural frames and the agencies of the artist and the artwork.


The subjective and the structural frames and the agencies of the artist, audience and the world.


The structural frame and the agencies of the artist, the audience and the world.


The postmodern and cultural frames and the agencies of the artist, audience and the artwork.

Students are introduced to the elements of photographic design and demonstrate these through a body of photographic works. They then learn about foundational, traditional photographic practices such as photomontage, photograms, pinhole cameras and workplace safety in the darkroom.

Students learn about the functions and characteristics of the SLR camera and apply these to a range of different camera angles. They also focus on developing and printing film and photos photos and the use of filters with the enlarger

Students are introduced to photographic effects through the execution of photo joiners utilising Photoshop, with focus on the school environment as the subject for landscape photography. They demonstrate their compositional skills and focus on light as it changes through the day, as well as the change of seasons

Students photographically depict a mundane object in a range of different contexts that challenges perceptions of the object's function, form and associations. They become proficient in the use of the scanner, sticky tape transfer, Photoshop montage, and the embedding of text into the image.


Year 10


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Term 4 2016

Exploring Colour



The structural, cultural and subjective frames and the agencies of the artist and the world.


Students learn about the symbolic meanings of colour and the traditional use of colour to create social meaning. Students then propose a series of 8-10 photographic images linked by colour symbolism and experiment with a range of digital photographic tools such as colour gels, the Color Splash app and Photshop colour selections, to manipulate their photographic imagery.

Surrealism and Photography



The subjective frame and the agencies of the world and the audience.


Students begin a dream journal and reference the work of Man Ray to create a photographic body of work composed of two series of three image each, one digitally manipulated and one achieved in real time and space that illustrate their dreams or a fantastical scene.

Music Videos



The structural frame and the agency of the audience.


Students learn about a range of filmic conventions in class and view a range of music videos that demonstrate the conventions. After selecting a song they feel corresponds to a chosen convention, they storyboard a music video and utilise such effects as time lapse, stop motion and any others of their choosing to shoot their music video. Students study the works of Russel Mulcahy and contemporary video directors.




The postmodern and structural frames and the agencies of the world and the audience.


Students learn about the conventions of anti-ads and other mainstream  advertising conventions. They study anti-ad groups such as The Guerilla Girls and Bugga Up.

The artmaking practices of Barbara Kruger and her billboard sized challenges to traditional notions of gender are also studied.




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