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Photography 12

​What to Expect:
Photo 12 is the continuation of the art of taking photographs.  The Photo 12 course includes a greater sense of independence and choice of projects that build upon the lessons learned in Photo 11.

Course Syllabus


The Photo 12 course revolves around three key conceptual areas: communication, design and skills.


Communication is the act of transferring information from one person to another. Our world is becoming increasingly visual. This class will emphasize visual communication. Visual literacy is a very complex field of study. People are constantly exposed to visual imagery; yet receive little or no skills on how to read this information. Digital Photo 9 strives assist students to express themselves and to introduce each person to the skills to communicate visually.


Design is not a mysterious force put into an art work. The elements and principles of design are used to make communication clearer. Effective design also can create an ‘style or feeling for a product or idea. 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 a artist is able to employ, the more flexible they will become in creating just the desired outcome.


  • Freedom with responsibility

  • Respect for oneself, others, and the environment

  • Act with authenticity

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

  • on time prepared, fed, watered, washroom’ed’, and not socializing at the beginning of class,

  • cleaning up after oneself at the end of class,

  • all assignment handed in complete and on time,

  • ask for help,

  • help others,

  • taking pride in oneself.


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. There are some aspects of computer image manipulation and file management, however these are of less weight then most important: capturing of the moment.


Content Weighting:

  • Your final mark will be based on the following breakdown:

  • Projects 70%

  • Test/Quizzes/Portfolio 20%

*Photo Shoot of a  school club, event, activity, or sport & Page Layout 10%​

*Photo Shoot is done in groups of 2. Images captured may be used for the Riverside Yearbook.

Individual Projects

All projects are marked using a rubric that classifies the evaluation procedure and establishes the e criteria for each project. (see the link on Mr. Schoenhals' web site" rubric" for more information)

Due Dates

Projects have strict due dates. Meeting deadlines is part of a professionalism mark. Enough classtime is given for all projects.  Only excused absences with a note will be accepted excuses. This note can be from a counselor, a teacher (in case of field trips, etc) or from a guardian. If no note is accompanying the project, then marks will be deducted.
All projects MUST be handed in at term change or they will not be marked.

Extra Marks

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



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 if their parents have signed a Photography Contract.

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 media room. Students will need to plan their time accordingly.​


All Media created on school property, and all footage used for school projects must be appropriate for school showing/use.
Inappropriate material includes:

  • promoting drugs or alcohol

  • containing course language

  • violent scenes

  • racial slurs or attacks

  • sexually suggestive scenes

  • revealing illegal activities

Inappropriate media* will result in:

  • immediate zero on project

  • prohibition from equipment use

  • possible administrative action

Signed consent must be obtained before filming/recording any individual.
Students must obey copyright laws.
*Content decisions are at the discretion of the Media teacher


Please complete the Getting To Know You Assignment (Schoenhals) at the beginning of the course. 

Gradebook (NEW)

We will be using Teams for handing in and collating your grade this year.

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