Elements of the Year 9 combined Art and Design course involve photography, but as a discrete subject Photography is available only in Years 10-13, as an optional IGCSE, AS Level or full A Level. The courses may be of interest to students who are considering careers in areas such as print media, advertising, film, video imaging or photojournalism.
Photography covers a broad area and is frequently used to document and record ideas and images for use in fine art as well as the graphic disciplines. Work in photography will form a personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. At more advanced levels, students will employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording.
Students will be placed in a small group situation and will work in an individual way. Approaches and processes are demonstrated in the initial stages of a project. Teaching is supported by handouts, videos and examples taken from contemporary and historical sources. Students will be very involved in self-assessment and deciding how their work is progressing.
Students will need a digital SLR camera (at least 5 megapixels) and a laptop which can run the Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Suite. Some expense will also be incurred for the printing of photographs.
Students will undertake research and record observations, experiences and ideas. They will develop their work, exploring different solutions and modify it as it develops. Students will use a range of materials, equipment, processes and techniques. They will develop an understanding of light, viewpoints, composition and depth of field. Students will learn how to manipulate images using Photoshop®, scanners and photocopiers.
Terms 1 and 2: Students will embark upon Component 1 (coursework).
Terms 3, 4 and 5: Students will complete both components and present their work for assessment. Both components' submissions must include supporting studies, while for Component 2 there must also be clear evidence of candidates' personal development.
Terms 1 and 2: Students will embark upon Component 4 (Related Study) while continuing coursework Component 3, which involves a personal study of 1000-3000 words.
Terms 3, 4 and 5: Students will complete all components and present their work for assessment.
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