Pupils will explore practical digital photography developing the knowledge and skills required to improve their photographs. They will explore 2 set teacher directed themes and be encouraged to experiment with a variety of practical based outcomes whilst reflecting on their practice throughout the exploration. Class work based coursework and independent study at home will constitute 60% of their final grade. Pupils will then be required to study an externally set task, as directed by AQA. This preparatory exploration plus a 10 hour practical exam will constitute 40% of their final mark.
WHAT TOPICS WILL I STUDY DURING THE COURSE?
Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, as directed by the teacher. Possible themes include:
· location photography
· studio photography
· experimental imagery
· documentary photography
· moving image: film, video and animation
· fashion photography
WHAT SKILLS WILL I USE AND DEVELOP?
Within the context of photography, students must demonstrate the ability to use photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:
· depth of field
· shutter speed and movement
Use media and materials, as appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:
· photographic papers
· digital media, programs and related technologies
· graphic media for purposes such as storyboarding, planning and constructing shoots
WHAT EXAMINATIONS WILL I TAKE?
AQA GCSE Art & Design – Photography
Portfolio of work- 60%
Externally set task – 40% This includes an 8 preparation period and a 10 hour exam.
HOW WILL THE COURSE HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE CAREER?
There are no prior learning requirements. However, the specification allows for progression from Key Stage 3 Art & Design whilst providing a strong foundation for further study at AS and A-level as well as vocational pathways. To support this progression, the assessment objectives, structure and titles are very similar to those detailed in the AS and A-level Art and Design specification.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?