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Photography plays a significant role in the curriculum by providing specialised learning opportunities to enable students to understand and explore the nature of photographic and digital media as an important field of artistic practice, conceptual knowledge and technological procedures.

The broad areas of photography and digital media as print, interactive and moving forms are extremely relevant and of fundamental interest to students. Much of their knowledge of the world and their notions of cultural and self-identity come from the photographic and digital images that permeate the visual arts and design, television, film, video, internet, mass media and multimedia.

New technologies have changed the possibilities of production of artworks and the role of the artist. Photography can be explored as practice that uses photographic and digital technologies as tools for the creation of artworks. It provides opportunities to investigate practice that uses photographic and digital technologies as their own medium – that is, being produced, stored and presented in digital form, making use of interactive and participatory features.

Artistic practice that incorporates photographic and digital media plays an essential part in the contemporary artworld. The evolution of digital technologies, in particular, has altered the nature of photographic practice and has created new practice with many variables. Practice within the school context is intended to approximate practice used in the contemporary world by artists, photographers, videographers, filmmakers, animators and critics who provide real-world models for learning and make available career options to students.