This is an exciting course that uses Photography to develop and explore ideas through portraiture, location photography, studio photography, installation, documentary and more. Students will need to be able to work independently in and out of lessons and having their own camera to use outside of lessons is preferable. You will also need to be highly organised, happy working on computers and must have strong ICT skills.
The course is 100% practical, including a practical 10 hour exam, but does have compulsory written elements where pupils will research, analyse and record ideas. Students are expected to spend 1-2 hours a week outside of lessons working on their projects – managing workload and being good at homework are essential skills. An enthusiasm and strong interest in Photography are essential along with the willingness to experiment and explore a wide range of themes. Drawing forms an essential and compulsory part of the course – pupils are required to produce sketches of ideas and compositions to meet the assessment objectives. Photography can lead to exciting careers in Art, fashion, sport, journalism, graphics, television and more.
What will I learn?
Year 9 – In year 9 you will learn basic camera use with a range of tasks that explore the various functions and effects that can be created. You will also learn how to use Photoshop to enhance and manipulate your images.
Year 10 & 11 – During year 10 and 11 pupils complete personal projects responding to a theme set by the teacher. Pupils will use a range of the skills and processes from year 9 to create research that leads to a final outcome. Pupils will also get their Exam Project theme in year 11 which leads up to the 10 hour practical Exam.