Photography Art and Design
GCSE Photography (AQA)
Through is first years as a GCSE course the Photography GCSE has proved very popular. Pupils and the department have achieved outstanding results, to match that of the Art course.
Pupils are encouraged to explore dark room techniques, learn about different features of the camera. Pupils are also encouraged to learn image manipulation techniques through Photoshop. Pupils also broaden their understanding of appropriate artists and processes.
Pupils are now able to opt for their options in Year8, therefore beginning their GCSE course in Year9.
GCSE Photography follows the same Assessment objectives as GCSE Art.
As an introduction to the expectations of the GCSE Course pupils will explore a variety of photographic concepts, all in response to artistic influences. They will begin to develop awareness of the Assessment objectives; AO1 Artist Research/Cultural Influence, AO2 Media, Ideas & Development, AO3 Recording observations through drawing ,media, photography & annotations. AO4 Presenting a personal response, realising intentions.
Term One – Pupils explore photograms as their introduction to photography, developing darkroom techniques. Pupils also explore drawing with light as a form of Art. Pupils develop researching skills, looking at artists who have worked in these mediums.
Term Two – Pupils begin a ‘Macro’ project, learning about settings on cameras and producing quality, edited photographs. Learning how to develop ideas and present their work well. Pupils will introduce artist research into their work. Analysing artists work and producing a range of initial ideas, then refining, modifying and developing ideas, eventually arriving at a personal response that concludes the project.
Term Three – Pupils will be given a past exam question – developing their independence and ability to produce personal responses to a starting point.