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Introduction

Photography is an exciting department that encourages students to be independent, creative and think outside the box to succeed. Students are regularly seen during lunch times and after school working within the department creating dynamic and exciting imagery. The department consists of one full time photography teacher who has a strong ethos on experimentation and a creative teaching style. Photography offers a wide range of projects with different skills interjected, from Digital Photography to Camera-less Techniques. The Photography Department encourage students to incorporate as many different art medias and techniques as possible, ranging from collage, textiles and 3D installation art, drawing inspiration from the art department and their encouragement of students to be aware of the world around them. Many of our GCSE students carry on with photography at A-level and continue to develop their own individual style and creative work.

Key Stage Four

Photography is an option for students to choose to study in years 10 and 11.

GCSE: Art and Design (Photography)

WJEC/Eduqas: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/gcse/

The GCSE course is a demanding one as students have to be able to work independently and as well, as develop skills and knowledge within photography. Simply being able to take a photograph is not enough. Students must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, perceptive judgement skills, as well as risk taking and problem solving.

There are four major areas:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • AO2: Experiment and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas and observations relevant to the investigation.
  • AO4: Present a personal and creative response relevant to intentions.

Each section is worth 25% of the overall mark.

Grading:

Projects created across both Year 10 and Year 11 are combined to give the students their coursework grade, which is worth 60% of their overall grade and is out of 120 marks. The Exam that they sit at the end of year 11 is worth 40% and out of 80 marks. These two totals are added together to give the final grade based on the GCSE 1-9 criteria. All work in both internally assessed and externally moderated to ensure work meets the marking criteria AO1, AO2, AO3 & A04.

Year 10

In year 10, our students begin with a basic skills project that explores basic camera controls such as Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO alongside side Photoshop tutorials such as HDR, Kaleidoscope and Composites. Once that is complete, we move onto an independent project that is based on a GCSE past paper. In this project, students are given three themes and they develop their project based on the theme that they enjoy the most after experimenting with all three. This project gives the students the opportunity to develop their skills further and identify their own strengths.

Year 11

In year 11, students begin with a mixed media based project called Weird and Wonderful, where they creative pieces of art that combine photography with a medium of their choice. Students are given considerably more freedom to experiment and perfect the usage of a variety of Medias such as collage, textiles and 3D installation style pieces combined with photographic skills such as depth of field and macro. This project ends with 10-hour mock exam.

The next project is titled Open-Ended where students are given another exam style project based on 4 different theme. From there they identify their preferred theme and build a project based on their personal interests and likes within photography. Students are given the freedom to carry on developing their mixed media skills or develop further Photoshop skills, relevant to their chosen theme.

The final project for year 11 is the GCSE Exam. Which comprises of 15 themes for the students to pick from and then they develop an independent projects during an 8 weeks preparatory period that culminates in a 10-hour exam.

Key Stage Five

Students can opt to complete Photography at Level 2. This is for students who need to secure ore Level 2 qualifications to be able to start A Levels. Students can also study A Level Photography.

Level 2:

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Photography: https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-2-certificate-in-photography-4459.aspx

This qualification is aimed at those individuals wishing to develop an understanding of photographic processes and the photo imaging industry. The qualification will also allow learners to understand how to manipulate images and explore in detail one of the following areas of photography:

  • Explore photographic equipment, techniques and materials.
  • Develop and adapt photographic ideas.
  • Introduction to the photo imaging industry.
  • Darkroom processing and printing.
  • Studio photography
  • Location photography
  • Commercial photography.
  • Documentary Photography.
  • Experimental and alternative process photography.
  • Presenting a portfolio of photographic imagery

The objectives of this qualification are to support learners to progress into employment in the industry or onto further qualifications at Level 3 in creative subjects including photography, art and design, craft, animation and moving image production.

The course consists of 3 core units and 7 optional units. To be awarded the qualification, students must achieve a minimum of 16 credits, 8 from the core units and 8 from the optional units. To achieve the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Photography, students must successfully demonstrate their achievements in all units, showing their individuality and creative flare for image making.

Level 3 A Level:

WJEC/Eduqas: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/as-a-level/

Like the GCSE course, both the AS and A2 course is a demanding one as students have to be able to work independently and be self-motivated. Student will develop skills and knowledge within photography. Simply being able to take a photograph is not enough. Students must also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, perceptive judgement skills, as well as risk taking and problem solving.

There are four major areas:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • AO2: Experiment and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas and observations relevant to the investigation.
  • AO4: Present a personal and creative response relevant to intentions.

Grading:

In our AS year, students complete 3 separate projects which are combined together to create the coursework grade titles Personal Creative Enquiry. This course is 100% coursework and marked out of 100. Each Assessment Objective is individually worth 25%. A2 is split into 2 components, the coursework which is worth 60% of the qualification and the externally set exam which worth 40% of the qualification. All work in both AS and A2 are internally assessed and externally moderated to ensure work meets the marking criteria AO1, AO2, AO3 & A04.

 

AS: Art and Design (Photography) Year 1

Unit 1A -Contemporary Digital Photography: An introduction into the contemporary methods such as – HDR, Multi-me, composite photography, Double Exposure and fisheye. Skills such as lighting, positioning, working with models, timing and advance Photoshop editing will all be broadened by this unit as they learn the basic skills. They will experiment with all the processes but select one to explore further and develop their own project conclusion.

Unit 1B - Mixed Media / Digital Art: Photo-artists / artists / textile designers and Digital photographers will be looked at firstly then students will go on to their design journeys. Outcome must be in the form of a mixed media image- Cutting / stencilling / drawing / painting / scanning / embellishing / 3-Dimensional techniques can be used. This unit will place an emphasis on lighting styles and studio techniques in order for students to understand the foundations of photography as well as mixed media.

Unit 1C: (Mock Exam ): Lessons are structured around a theme chosen by the exam board. Students will develop and independent project allowing them to choose their direction and pick skills around their strengths. Outcome = 10 hour sustained focus examination with a final piece

Ending the year with a professional exhibition.

A Level: Art and Design (Photography) Year 2

A2 starts with a project titles Unit 2: Personal Study, where students are choose and theme based on areas of photography that they are interested in. They are given much more freedom and independence to create work based on their individual strengths and interests. They drive the unit and its subject matter. Workshops are tailored to their needs and skills are fine-tuned and developed throughout this time. Alongside the practical element of this unit, a written essay links with the theme of the work. This is 2000-3000 words and again driven by the students individual interests and strengths. Both are assessed in relation to one another and work together to form the coursework grade.

The final project for A2 is the A-Level Exam. Which comprises of 12 themes for the students to pick from and then they develop an independent projects during an 8 weeks preparatory period that culminates in a 15-hour exam. This project is titled Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment.

Ending the year with a professional exhibition.

 

Contact the Staff:

Mrs S Erwin: Head of Art & Photography

Sara.Erwin@qka.education

Mrs J Hamaali: Teacher of Photography

Joanna.Hamaali@qka.education