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Photography

Welcome to the Photography department

Studying Art including Photography at any level should be a time of creative enlightenment, a time for students to really discover their potential, but also how to express their own interpretation of the world around them.

Teachers

Mrs S Cox – Interim Head of Art and Design and Technology

Mr R Baisley - Teacher of Art

How the Curriculum has been adapted following the Covid-19 Pandemic 

This is a new course for Year 10 students so Covid has not impacted on the course content.

Art and Design: Photography GCSE

This course has been designed to allow students to develop knowledge and understanding through a variety of learning experiences and approaches. It will allow them to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate their own ideas. Students will demonstrate these skills through the development, refinement, recording, realisation and presentation of their ideas through a portfolio and by responding to an externally set assignment.

Component 1: Portfolio

A portfolio shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study. Each student must select and present a portfolio representative of their course of study. The portfolio must include a sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study. A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student’s specific role in any group work undertaken.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (ESA)

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives. AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title. The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point within 10 hours of supervised time.

Training pathways:

AS & A2 levels in Art and Design, Graphics, Photography & 3D Design, Textiles, Foundation course in Art and Design, placement in the industry.

Degree level: all subjects related to Graphics, Fine Art, Photography, Sculpture, Fashion, Interior Design, Advertising, Architecture, Illustration etc.

Career Routes:

Architecture, Graphics/Advertising, Illustration, Set Design (TV, Theatre), Teaching, Art Therapy, Graphic Designer, Professional Artist, Product Design, Ceramicist/Potter, Sculptor, Arts Curator/Administration, Conservation, Creative Art Director, Art Restoration, Jewellery Designer, Costume Designer, Furniture Designer & Manufacturer, Critic, Photography, Interior Designer, Animator, Computer Game Designer

Course Title:

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Photography

Assessment:

Component 1

60% Portfolio

How it’s assessed

  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Component 2

40% ESA

How it’s assessed

  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Both components are Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit.  

Year 10 – Topics to be completed

 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn

Introduction to Photography. Covering basic skills and Photoshop. Formal Elements of Photography

Experimental photographic techniques exploring digital and manual manipulation

Spring

Sustained Project 1 - Topic varies depending on student selection

Sustained Project 1 - Topic varies depending on student selection

Summer

Sustained Project  1- Topic varies depending on student selection

Sustained Project 2 - Topic varies depending on student selection

Year 11 – Topics to be completed

 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn

Sustained Project 2 - Topic varies depending on student selection

Spring

ESA. The extended creative response must explicitly evidence students’ ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skill and/or understanding from initial engagement with their selected starting point through to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time.

Summer

Course Finished

Course Finished

Useful links

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6hs34j

http://www.artmovements.co.uk

https://www.tate.org.uk

https://www.deviantart.com

http://arydaily.com

How parents can support

Homework

Independent learning – use checklist sent home and given out in lesson to support

Revision Guide

N/A

Exam Practice

5 hour mock exam in Year 10

5 hour mock exam in Year 11