Intermediate Photography Grades 9-12

This is an intermediate course designed for students who have successfully completed basic photography. This course continues where basic photography concludes with increasingly complex and challenging photography assignments.

Performing and Creating
1,2a. Explore various techniques and processes demonstrating increasing skills.• Produce works for a portfolio, exploring different cameras and technology and choosing a preferred area of study.
1-41,21,2b. Demonstrate though a finished product an understanding and mastery of a specific technique and its associated process.• Demonstrate ability to process reasons for creating a specific photograph.
1-41-31,2c. Set, pursue, and adjust photo making goals by recognizing and judging new possibilities as they emerge.• Collaborate with others when developing and creating a photograph.
1-41-51-7d. Demonstrate the ability to express ideas through photographs, discussion, and writing.
1-4e. Use a variety of cameras, films, papers, and software programs to create individual photographs.
1-4f. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and use of photography through various technologies.
History and Culture
1,21-81,2,41-6a. Explore and understand the relationship between photography, the individual’s culture, society, and the environment.• Pick a universal theme in photography (e.g., love, war, childhood, peace, hate, community) and develop a timeline which demonstrates change.
1,21-81-41-6b. Recognize specific works created by photographers from diverse backgrounds.• Compare and contrast student photographs and present society with past individual photographers and societies.
1,21-91-41-8c. Recognize that personal opinions are a reflection of past experiences and cultures.• Give examples of how a culture’s photographs have been influenced by contact with another culture.

*Prerequisites: Credit with grade C or higher in Basic Photography or instructor’s permission

Performing and Creating
1-41-7• Use written or oral methods to respond to photography.
1-61-41-7b. Evaluate craftsmanship, function, originality, technique, and theme.• Use description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment to critique photography.
1,21-81-41-7c. Evaluate and critique historical and contemporary photographs.
1,21-91-61-8d. Demonstrate the capacity to enter into and maintain a knowledgeable discussion and sharing of opinions.
Aesthetic Perception
1,21-91,21-7a. Understand the impact of photography on historic and contemporary life and society.• Discuss issues related to aesthetics, artists, values in art, and other related topics.
1,24-81-41-8b. Identify and discuss the characteristics of successful photographs.• Create photographs that convey an emotion or feeling.
1,21-81-51-6c. Demonstrate sensitivity to the diversified experiences and personal preferences that people embrace through photography.• Research and investigate careers related to photography and educational opportunities associated with preparing for those careers.
1,2,741,21-8d. Demonstrate the ability to express oneself through photography.


  • Concept assimilation and demonstration
  • Creativity
  • Participation in class
  • Rubric
  • Safety habits
  • Skill growth and manipulatives
  • Time on task
  • Working to assignment parameter

*Prerequisites: Credit with grade C or higher in Basic Photography or instructor’s permission

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