Subjects

Photography

Why study Photography?

THIS COURSE IS FOR PUPILS WHO HAVE A GENERAL INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY OR ARE CONSIDERING A CAREER LINKED TO PHOTOGRAPHY.

You will develop a wide range of both technical and creative photography and art skills and learn how to analyse the work of photographers and artists to enable you to produce original work in your own style using a range of medias.

What will I learn about?

  • How cameras work and what the different settings are for
  • How to use Photoshop
  • How to think creatively about themes and subjects and how to express your own ideas visually
  • A range of subjects such as identity, everyday, photojournalism, abstract, portraiture, landscapes
  • How to develop a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms in Photography
  • Learn how to use a range of medias, such as sewing, painting to manipulate your images

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 Portfolio of Work (one in Y10, one in Y11) – Controlled Assessment (96 marks – 60%)
  • Unit 2 Externally Set Task – Question papers issued from 1 January in 10 week preparation time. 10 hours of sustained focused study. You will respond to your own starting point (96 marks – 40%).
  • All work is produced and submitted electronically

What happens in lessons?

  • Teacher led workshops
  • Critical studies
  • Independent project work
  • Working to individual targets and deadlines

What are some of the skills I will need?

  • ICT skills are important but can be developed
  • A keen eye for detail and the ability to understand other points of view and think critically about photography
  • Patience and resilience needed to get the right shots for your work
  • You must be dedicated to working on coursework outside of lesson time
  • It helps if you have a good attendance record and good organisational skills –these are essential for ANY GCSE

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 9 your child will study:

  • Introduction to basic skills on Photoshop to use in their digital work
  • Practical skills to manipulate their practical work
  • Key terms in photography
  • How to respond creatively to a Title
  • Photoshop introduction- learning basic skills
  • Learn about photographers and mixed media artists
  • Create artist studies using a variety of techniques (pen, drawing, painting, collage, ink, printing)
  • How to communicate ideas in a group and independently
  • Learn how to analyse and evaluate contextual sources (artists work)
  • Students will learn and research how to apply fundamental principles of photography to their own work (line, form, shape, balance, images, colour theory, typography, and layout)
  • Learn about photographers and mixed media artists by independently researching their own.
  • Create artist studies using a variety of techniques (digital. pen, drawing, painting, collage, ink, printing)

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 9.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • Students will be expected to take photos out of school to create a photo shoot to use in their classwork
  • Research and develop revision notes on key terms in Photography

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • Further develop in-depth skills on Photoshop using their own images
  • How to respond creatively to a Title
  • Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources. Use Pinterest, Google images and other search engines to understand how to use high-quality images
  • Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Students will learn how to apply fundamental principles of photography to their own work (line, form, shape, balance, images, colour theory, typography, and layout)
  • Further Photoshop development
  • How to communicate ideas in a professional manner
  • Learn how to analyse and evaluate contextual sources (artists work)
  • Understand how artists inspire your photography work by independently researching their own photographers and mixed media artists
  • Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources.
  • Demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding
  • Create artist studies using a variety of techniques (digital, pen, drawing, painting, collage, ink, printing)
  • Create a mock final piece in exam conditions

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 10.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • Students will be expected to take photos out of school to create their own professional photoshoot.
  • Subject-specific key terminology
  • Annotation

In Year 11 your child will study:

  • Developing their strengths and knowing how to reach their full potential
  • A mock exam for 12 weeks that will run from September to December
  • How to create a personal and meaningful response to a photographer’s interpretation
  • In January they will get their Photography exam to prepare for during 12 weeks and will then sit a 10-hour exam around Easter to create a series of final pieces
  • How to annotate and develop a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms in Photography
  • Developing imaginative and intuitive ways of working
  • Take at least 100 – 150 photographs
  • Further develop in-depth skills on photoshop using their own images
  • How to respond creatively to a Title
  • Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources. Use Pinterest, Google images and other search engines to understand how to use high-quality images
  • Refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Students will learn how to apply fundamental principles of photography to their own work (line, form, shape, balance, images, colour theory, typography, and layout)
  • Further photoshop development
  • How to communicate ideas in a professional manner
  • Learn how to analyse and evaluate contextual sources (artists work)
  • Understand how artists inspire your photography work by independently researching their own photographers and mixed media artists
  • Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources
  • Demonstrating professional analytical and cultural understanding
  • Create artist studies using a variety of techniques (digital, pen, drawing, painting, collage, ink, printing)

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and mock exams at two set points during the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 11.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • Weekly personalised homework tasks
  • Weekly deadlines to meet
  • Annotation
  • How to respond creatively to a Title
  • How to evaluate their work and suggest modifications and further development
  • Research tasks to undertake to find critical information to aid them in their coursework and the development of their final pieces