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Visual Art: Year 11, 11AT

The Year 11 programme focuses on Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and covers a wide range of mixed media approaches. You will build upon personal ideas and learn to develop and extend your creativity. You will also study and interpret the works of established New Zealand and International artists, who will in turn help inform your major portfolio submission. Students will be encouraged to develop their own emerging style. Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year.
Note: You must choose between either Visual Art or CDP, you cannot take both subjects.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment.

Pre-requisites: Year 10 Art or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary contribution: Art media, paper & card $50; folio $6; canvas frame $8

Optional: Brushes $10;

Specialist equipment: Personal art materials

Leads to: Year 12 Visual Art

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Visual Art: Commercial Design and Print – Year 11, 11CDP

This course has been developed for those students with a creative imagination that needs unleashing. You may already enjoy working graphically, using your own sketchbook, taking photos, or wish to develop skills in these areas. You may build upon the skills learned in Junior Art, or you could be joining the Department for the first time.
This course taps into the commercial approach of Visual Art. Digital art work will be created within the areas of Photography, Design, Print and Moving Image. You will gain skills using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and photographic studio lighting, tablet drawing illustration and hand-drawn techniques.
You will complete two internals and one externally-assessed portfolio, which will be included in the annual Visual Art Folio Exhibition at the end of the year. Note: You must choose between either Visual Art or CDP, you cannot take both subjects.

Assessment: A mixture of Internal and External assessment

Pre-requisites: Nil

Voluntary contribution: Art media paper & card $30; folio $6;

Optional: Brushes $10

Specialist Equipment: Ideally an SLR camera with manual features, but some class cameras are available

Leads to: Year 12 Visual Art (Design and Painting), Year 12 Photography

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Visual Art: Design – Year 12, 12DS

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2
This programme encourages the exploration of digital drawing, painting and mixed media. This course focuses on developing your creative thinking and skills. digital skills. It provides you with opportunities to use a Wacom Drawing Tablet, Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, in addition to traditional art making media. You will learn about typography, image generation, layout and how to manipulate images to communicate an idea. While you follow a structure programme, individual themes and responses are developed. Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment

Pre-requisites: Year 11 Visual Art or Year 11 Commercial Design and Print. Achievement Standard 1.4 (folio) or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary contribution: Art media paper & card $55; folio $6

Specialist equipment: Personal art materials from stationery list

Leads to: Year 13 Design

Visual Art: Painting – Year 12, 12PA

This programme encourages the exploration of painting, drawing, mixed media. This course focuses on developing your creative thinking and artistic skills.
It provides you with opportunities to extend your art skills, explore media and techniques and to broaden your knowledge of art and artists. While you follow a structured programme, there will be plenty of room to explore an individual theme and outcomes.
Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment

Pre-requisites: Year 11 Visual Art or Year 11 Commercial Design and Print. Achievement Standard 1.4 (folio) or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary contribution: Art media paper & card $55; folio $6

Specialist equipment: Personal art materials from stationery list

Leads to: Year 13 Painting

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Visual Art: Painting – Year 13, 13PA

In Year 13 Painting you will complete Achievement Standards using a wide selection of media and covering a range of drawing and painting approaches. These will be informed by the study and interpretation of established national and international artists. You’ll extend your emerging style as you work through the programme, culminating in the portfolio, which will be included in the annual Visual Art Folio Exhibition at the end of the year.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment

Pre-requisites: Year 12 Visual Art external Achievement Standard (portfolio) or by negotiation with the Head of Department

Voluntary contribution: Art media, paper and card $55; folio $9

Specialist equipment: A variety of personal materials, as appropriate to individual studentsLeads to: Tertiary study and/or the creative industries

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Visual Art: Photography – Year 12, 12PH

Year 12 Photography is a practical course that teaches the technical foundations of digital photography, as well as creative thinking and research skills. You will explore studio-based and location-based photography, which are designed to extend your inventiveness and ability to produce high quality, artistic images. You will learn manual camera operation and computer skills using Photoshop and InDesign for image manipulation. Your externally assessed folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment

Pre-requisites: Nil

Voluntary contribution: Printing $40; materials $30; folio boards $6

Specialist equipment: A DSLR digital camera that is capable of full manual control. A3 art pad. Portable data storage device (4GB or more)

Leads to: Year 13 Photography

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Visual Art: Photography – Year 13, 13PH

Photographs are memorable and effective because they help people process, understand and retain information about the world. You’ll extend your skills and analytical ability in an exploration of formal abstraction, photographic conventions and multiple image-making techniques. Your work will be inspired by established artists, in order to develop your technical and artistic abilities.
You will produce from a range of photographic genre. Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year. Y13 Photography students are eligible for course endorsement.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment

Pre-requisites: NCEA Level 2 Photography external Achievement Standard or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary contribution: Printing card $40; folio $9

Specialist equipment: A DSLR digital camera that is capable of full manual control. A3 art pad. Portable data storage device (4GB or more)

Leads to: Tertiary study and/or the creative industries

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Dance – Year 11, 11DA

Year 11 Dance is about consolidating your knowledge of dance as you explore and investigate a variety of dance genres and styles through a combination of practical and written work. Extend your creativity as you use the dance elements to explore movement possibilities and compose dance sequences in a range of contexts. This course will require you to work both independently and collaboratively. You will develop your performance skills and should expect to perform to a live audience at least once during the year.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.

Pre-requisites: Nil- an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!

Voluntary contribution: $40 voluntary payment to contribute to guest tutors and workshops. Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwear

Note: It is expected that you wear a black singlet/t-shirt and black three quarter length dance pants or leggings for lessons

Leads to: Year 12 Dance

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Dance – Year 12, 12DA

In this course you will unleash the creative dancer inside you as you are given more opportunities to create and explore choreographic decisions. You will continue to learn about a variety of dance styles through practical and written tasks. You should expect to participate in at least one live performance for an invited audience throughout the year. This course requires you to work both independently and collaboratively in a range of different contexts. You will need to be self-disciplined and courageous to take risks in your own dance practice.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.

Pre-requisites: Nil – an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!

Voluntary contribution: $40 voluntary payment to contribute to guest tutors and workshops, as well as costumes for performances.

Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwear

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Dance – Year 13, 13DA

How will you make your mark in the dance world? What drives you? What makes your work unique? In this course you will be part of a more individualised programme of learning that encourages you to play to your strengths and define the kind of dancer or choreographer you want to be. This is the year to take risks with your choreography and challenge your understanding of what dance is. It is the time to push your performance skills and find out what you are truly capable of. You can expect to showcase your work in at least one live performance during the year. This course requires you to work both individually and collaboratively to push the boundaries.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.

Pre-requisites: Level 2 Dance; or by negotiation with the Head of Department – an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!

Voluntary contribution: $40 voluntary payment to contribute to guest tutors and workshops, as well as costumes for performances.

Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwear

Leads to: Tertiary study

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Drama – Year 11, 11DR

This course looks at the foundations of drama; getting you to question the history and context of performance work in order to create your own drama pieces. You will explore a range of scripts, learn at least one major performance style, attend some live performance work and devise performance material. This will include at least one performance opportunity for a live audience. The course is practical and group-based so expect to be involved and learn to work reflectively and collaboratively. Drama is the context here but the skills you will learn will set you up for a variety of life situations. There is a written component to the course and this theory will support the development of your performance skills as well as prepare you for the external exam options.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Most internals are group-based but students are marked individually. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.

Pre-requisites: Nil

Voluntary contribution: $40 optional payment for scripts and course materials such as costumes and props.

Leads to: Year 12 NCEA Drama

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Drama – Year 12, 12DR

In this course students take more control over decision making and their performance programme, consolidating learning from Years 9 -11 to develop their own performance practice.
This will include the opportunity to learn about directing, deepen knowledge and skills of performance styles as well as creating devised or script based performances.
The course is practical and group-based so expect to be involved and learn to work reflectively and collaboratively. Drama is the context here but the skills you will learn will set you up for a variety of life situations. There is a written component to the course and this theory will support the development of your performance skills as well as prepare you for the external exam options.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Most internals are group-based but students are marked individually. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form. Most Drama standards also count towards UE literacy credits.

Pre-requisites: Level 1 Drama; or by negotiation with the Head of Department – an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!

Voluntary contribution: $40 optional payment for scripts and course materials such as costumes and props.

Leads to: Year 13 and Scholarship Drama

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Drama – Year 13, 13DR

Wairua Auaha – how can I colour outside the lines?
This course is designed to unlock your creative spirit and explore the possibilities that come with trying things in different contexts. Colouring inside the lines will produce a nice, neat product but students in Level 3 Drama are encouraged to go further than that and see what can be created when they push the boundaries or alter the given parameters.
The course will widen your knowledge of theatre practitioners, plays, playwrights and style. Through text based study and devised performance work you will explore social, historical, political, cultural and/or geographical issues. It is a practical and creative course which allows you to develop your own strengths by giving you a choice of assessment standards based on the shared contexts. There is both group and solo work involved in this course. You need to be well-organised and demonstrate a willingness to be available for out of class rehearsals and performances. This is a demanding course which requires a lot of self-management skills and working in this way will no doubt serve you well in all areas of life.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of internal assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.

Pre-requisites: Level 2 Drama; or by negotiation with the Head of Department- – an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!

Voluntary contribution: $40 optional payment for scripts and course materials such as costumes and props.

Leads to: Tertiary study

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Music – Year 11, 11MU

In this course you will do the following things: compose short pieces of music, perform two pieces of music in front of an audience, do theory, learn and practise aural skills (e.g. rhythmic and melodic patterns, intervals, chords), and study and write about a variety of pieces of music, by listening, researching and studying scores. You may also perform in a small group.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Year 10 Music, or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary Contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Note: If you enrol in this course you must be having regular weekly lessons in an instrument or voice (either through the school itinerant music scheme or privately), and should ideally have done so for two years. You will be strongly advised to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.

Specialist equipment: You must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularly

Leads to: Year 12 Music

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Music – Year 12, 12MU

In this course you will choose a programme of study which suits your skills and interests. You must do theory and score reading, and orchestrate a piano piece for a small group of instruments. Other than that you will select a course from standards which involve the following things: compose two pieces of music, study and analyse two pieces of music, perform two pieces of music in front of an audience as a soloist and/or one piece in a group, learn and practise aural skills (e.g. rhythmic and melodic patterns, intervals, chords), or investigate an aspect of New Zealand music. You may also perform one piece on a second instrument.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Year 11 Music; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary Contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Note: If you enrol in this course you must be having regular weekly lessons in an instrument or voice, and ideally should have done so for three years. You will be strongly advised to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.

Specialist equipment: You must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularly

Leads to: Year 13 Music

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Music – Year 13, 13MU

n this course you will choose a programme of study which suits your skills and interests. You must study Music Works (Analysis) (4 internal credits), and Harmony (4 external credits), but other than that you will select a course from standards which involve the following things: composition, arranging, solo (including second instrument) and/or group performance, aural skills, music works (context), song writing and research.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Year 12 Music; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary Contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Note: If you enrol in this course you should be having regular weekly lessons in an instrument or voice, and should have done so for four years. You will be strongly advised to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.

Specialist equipment: You must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularly

Leads to: Tertiary study

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3