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Course Description

This is an exciting course in which students will be taught how to use a variety of differing photographic equipment and software, using high spec DSLR cameras and digital manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop.

Students will be required to demonstrate skills in visual analysis, through exploring imaging techniques such as composition, framing, depth of field, shutter speed, lighting, exposure and viewpoint.

They will experiment with processes, techniques, abstracting, designing, illustrating and documenting  and will learn to demonstrate an expressive and personal response in their work, appropriate for the given task or stimuli.

Assessment Structure

Using their new found photographic and digital imaging skills from Year 9 students will move on to the formal assessment structure in Year 10.

60% Coursework: Students will produce a portfolio of work showing their personal responses to a variety of starting points, briefs, scenarios and stimuli. This will include a more sustained project demonstrating their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge through the creative process. Students have approximately 45 hours (15-18 school weeks as a guide) in which to produce their portfolio.

40% Final Examination Project: Question papers are issued to candidates on or after 1  January in their final year - Students have a range of written and visual starting points, briefs, scenarios and stimuli, from which they must choose one to base their personal response.

Special Features

This is a highly practical course which will include opportunities to visit different locations to experiment with photographic techniques. There are also many ‘in house’ photo shoots with a wide variety of models provided. However students will also have to write up all practical work and produce a substantial portfolio of evidence. Students will need to have demonstrated an aptitude for Art in KS3 and have a good understanding in ICT.

Why study this subject

The skills developed during GCSE Photography can be applied and used to support  studies and learning in a wide variety of subjects and can lead into Photo Journalism,  Wildlife Photography, Conservation, Media and many other fields.

A good quality digital camera at home is essential to meet the requirements of this course and complete homework.