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Photography

Welcome to Photography

Throughout this course, pupils will learn the necessary technical skills required to successfully take photographs and produce a photographic series. Pupils shall also discuss how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed and interpreted in images, artefacts and products in their chosen area(s) of study and consider the historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres in relation to Photography.

 

GCSE Photography

At GCSE, pupils are expected to expand on their learning of Photography at year 9 through extended research and photographic practice. Pupils are expected to respond to artist briefs, linking and comparing their own work to that of existing artists and photographers. They will also discuss how images, artefacts and products relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts, along with a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and photographers. 

There is a greater emphasis on independent learning and time management, and pupils are expected to evidence their research and testing of ideas throughout the course , logging this information within their portfolio.

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Course Overview

60% Coursework:

Three independent projects that include:

  • Research
  • Testing various photographic processes and techniques
  • Developing and recording ideas
  • Continually reflecting upon and evaluating own practice.

 40% Exam:

  • 10 hour controlled photographic assessment
  • Choice of photographic briefs to choose and respond to
  • Set by examiner

Course Content

 

Skills and Techniques 

Pupils will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of study within the use of photography: lens-based and light-based media as follows: 

  • the ability to explore formal elements of visual language; line, form, colour, tone, pattern, texture, in the context of lens-based and light-based media •investigating different ways of working as appropriate to their chosen area (s) of study
  • responding to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or working to a design brief
  • showing in their work the use of viewpoint, composition, focus control, depth of field, movement and narrative
  • using appropriate techniques, technologies and equipment for recording images and lighting subjects within their chosen area
  • showing an understanding of the developing, printing, manipulation and production qualities of still and moving images where appropriate •understanding the value of working individually and as a member of a team within their chosen area
  • providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.

Knowledge and Understanding 

Pupils must show a knowledge and understanding of: 

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed and interpreted in images, artefacts and products in their chosen area(s) of study in Photography: lens-based and light-based media
  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres in relation to Photography: lens-based and light-based media •how images, artefacts and products relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts
  • a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society within their chosen area(s) of study in Photography: lens-based and light-based media
  • a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen area(s) of study within Photography: lens-based and light-based media. 

Career Opportunities

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Portrait and Events Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Documentary and Journalism Photographer
  • Artist