Photography KS4

 INTRODUCTION

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:

· portraiture

· location photography

· studio photography

· experimental imagery

· installation

· documentary photography

· photo-journalism

· 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:

· lighting

· viewpoint

· aperture

· depth of field

· shutter speed and movement

Use media and materials, as appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:

· film

· 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?

Miss Wright