Photography

This course is largely practical and focuses on visual communication skills as well as encouraging students to develop creative, innovative methods of expressing their personal vision.

Students will carry out projects, in-depth research and critical analysis of the work of other photographers, designers and artists, and will also use black and white photographic techniques and experiment with digital media.

Advanced Level Photography involves a high level of practical work, which is extremely time consuming and requires a commitment to the additional work that is expected outside of the classroom.

 

Year 9

Students follow the GCSE Photography course.  It is examined by AQA.  Students have five lessons per fortnight and they will receive one/two pieces of homework per week.
Quarter 1 The Visual Elements in Photography
Quarter 2 Exploring Photoshop
Quarter 3 Following a Design brief
Quarter 4 Creating a ‘Final Collection’ of work in response to an exam theme

Year 10

Students follow the GCSE Photography course.  It is examined by AQA.  Students have five lessons per fortnight and they will receive one/two pieces of homework per week.
Quarter 1 The Living World, a design theme. Photo techniques
Quarter 2 Exploring more Photoshop
Quarter 3 Me, Myself & I, inspiration for photography
Quarter 4 Final collection of work, a personal response to a theme

Year 11

Students follow the GCSE Photography course.  It is examined by AQA.  Students have five lessons per fortnight and they will receive one/two pieces of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Review techniques, media and photo shoots
Quarter 2 Complete all coursework
Quarter 3 Exam preparation
Quarter 4 Sit Exam

Year 12

Students follow the AS/A Level Photography course.  It is examined by AQA.  Students have eight lessons per fortnight and they will receive 1/2 pieces of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Introduction, skills and practices. Exploring the visual elements (adv)
Quarter 2 Individual, personal project 1. Artist study, interpretation of ideas etc
Quarter 3 Exam prep
Quarter 4 Final exam

Year 13

Students follow the A Level Photography course.  It is examined by AQA.  Students have eight lessons per fortnight and they will receive 1/3 pieces of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Personal research project (3000 words) Photo project to link with theme
Quarter 2 Personal project 2- refinement of ideas, experimentation, final artwork to be presented alongside the portfolio
Quarter 3 Exam prep
Quarter 4 Sit final exam