Examination Board: AQA
Course Title: GCSE Photography
Why should I choose to study Photography?
Students considering Photography must be prepared to learn about the workings of the camera, composition, lighting and camera control. Students need to be hardworking and demonstrate an ability to research and record ideas in their own time. If students enjoy a creative challenge, have a passion for the world around them and enjoy exploring the finer details, capturing those special moments and meanings behind photographs then this is the course for them.
What will I learn?
Students will learn the skills necessary to create, evaluate and ultimately appreciate artworks from a range of different artists and designers. Students will learn to respond to their own surroundings through their own first hand observations and exploration of processes. Students will explore photography manipulation processes and cover topics such as portraits, landscapes, still life and work in the abstract. We believe inspiring students to become photographers in their own right allows for the development of a creative journey with personal and meaningful outcomes.
What will be expected of me?
Students will be expected to describe and evaluate each photograph in sketchbook form. With every shot comes a written explanation. Students will need to use specialist vocabulary and be able to present and annotate their own work and that of others. This course delves into the workings of the camera as well as the inspiration and thought process behind a range of photographers. Students will be expected to engage in a wide range of independent study. They will need to have access to a camera in order to complete and develop work. The essence of the course is to be able to develop an idea from its initial source through to a final response.
What skills will I develop?
The course will reinforce basic observation skills as well as an introducing students to the rules behind photography, developing an understanding of the workings of a camera and Photoshop processes. Throughout the course each student will develop an initial photograph and developed to a final response/s. It is essential that students conduct relevant research to inform their own ideas and be prepared to work out of their comfort zone in order to explore alternative working methods and practices.
How will I be assessed?
Your coursework portfolio forms 60% of your overall mark. This portfolio will comprise of one exploratory unit and one extended project. Your examination project forms the final 40% of the grade. The examination requires you to select and develop a body of work over time before producing a final piece during a 10 hour practical examination.
Where will this qualification lead me?
The creative industries of the world look to the UK for its inspiration and skills. Our most able students are currently studying at art colleges and universities throughout the country. After GCSEs many of our students will apply to the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury or Canterbury Christ Church University to study BTEC course or equivalent before going on to study degree course.