What will I learn?
You will learn about a variety of photographic media, techniques and processes including video, traditional (chemical) and digital media. Drawing and writing are important components of all Art & Design courses and you will learn how to analyse your own work and the work of professional photographers and artists.
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 – Portfolio Coursework 60%
You will create a portfolio of work, which demonstrates your working process (via sketches, notes, studies etc.) as well as the final products. You must evaluate and make informed connections with the work of professional artists and photographers. The themes are set by the teacher in year 9 and 10 and you will choose from a selection of themes in year 11.
Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment 40%
You will choose a starting point from a list of themes set by the exam board. Over three months you will produce preparatory work prior to the final 10 hour period which is usually completed over two days.
Are there any entry requirements?
A desire to explore ideas and experiment with photographic techniques both in the darkroom and using computer software. A DSLR camera and access at home to a computer and the internet are highly recommended.
Where could it lead?
Potential careers in press photography, editing, advertising, fashion photography or styling, the film industry or forensic science.
What would complement this course?
Photography may offer a highly creative, technical and hands-on alternative to other subjects you may be studying at GCSE.
Do you have a question about this course? Email the Head of Department