Course Content



What to Expect

Photo 9 is about using a camera to make art.  Through a large variety of assignments we explore different techniques to make photos more interesting and more artistic.  We also explore how to use photo editing software to enhance photos and create digital art.


Design is not a mysterious force put into an art work. The elements and principles of design are used to make better images. Effective design can also can create a style, tell a story, or communicate an emotion. A design must consider its content, its purpose, its medium, and the audience for whom it is meant. Throughout the year the elements and principles of design will be stressed.


Techniques of creating art are sometimes very complex. There are many different ways to create an image. The more techniques that an artist is able to employ, the more flexible they will become in creating just the desired outcome. Students will learn a wide variety of specific composition, camera and software skills.


Students are expected to act in a manner reflecting the mature way in which they wish to be treated. This includes things such as:

• be on-time, prepared, fed, watered, washroom’ed’, and attentive at the beginning of class
• clean up after yourself at the end of class
• all assignments handed in complete and on-time
• ask for help
• help others

Course Content

This is a project-based course. Nearly all learning outcomes will be demonstrated by the creation of projects.

There are written components to most projects. These written components are used to provide you with an opportunity to explain the intention of the image and provide for self-reflection.

The photography component of projects is mostly about your ability to take photos according to the assigned criteria.

    We will cover the following units:
    • The Elements and Principles of Design
    • Basics of Photoshop
    • Parts of the camera
    • Camera safety and operation
    • Architectural Photography - Black and White
    • Photo Foundations - Exposure, Focus, Zoom
    • Photo Critique
    • Controlling shutter speed
    • Controlling aperture - depth of focus
    • Photo Foundations - Composition
    • Techniques for drawing attention to the subject
    • Portfolio project


    Content weighting

    80% Assignments
    20% Test/quizzes/written work

    Individual Projects

    All projects are marked using a rubric that classifies the evaluation procedure and establishes the criteria for each project.

    Due Dates

    • Assignments have strict due dates. You will be marked on professionalism for all projects. Late projects will result in lower (or no) marks for professionalism. A valid note from a counselor, a teacher (in case of field trips, etc) or a guardian will protect you from losing marks. If no note is accompanying the project, then marks will be deducted.

    Extra Marks

    • There will be opportunities for extra marks, either through extra assignments or extra-curricular involvement on behalf of the school.

    Materials and Supplies

    All equipment necessary for this course will be provided. There is a full class set of cameras, so every student has their own camera to work with during class.

    Students are welcome to bring in their own camera.  Students will only be able to sign the school cameras out overnight if their parents have signed an off-site camera permission form.

    Students will be charged for any prints over the minimum requirements for the course.

    Most handouts will be posted on the Internet. Access to the internet will be necessary; however that does not necessitate having Internet access at home. The school has a drop in computer lab and computers in the photo room. Students will need to plan their time accordingly.