The Photography rooms are is found in the CM Block. Photography is one of the optional subjects at KS4, with mixed ability groups used in all year groups. Students can elect to study Photography as post-16 courses.

What will students learn in Photography?

The course encourages students to explore news ways of seeing the world using a wide variety of photographic techniques and processes. The course includes –

An Introduction to Photography: baseline challenges. Project Title: IDENTITY. Activities to help you to learn the Formal or Visual elements: introducing skills in Composition, Editing, Planning and Creative Photography as well as how to use a sketchbook.

PORTRAITURE: constructing a character through still images
You explore the Portrait in Photography through several mini-projects including: Self Portraits, Studio lighting, Mixed media experimental processes and interpreting the styles of Victorian and Edwardian Cartes de Visit. We will ask you to work as if you were a professional Photographer.

PAINTING with light – Exploring Photograms, Cyanotypes and Photoshop. Working in the darkroom using processes over 150 years old you explore the Science and magic of Cyanotypes, Photograms and Film-based Photography; followed by extending work to the computer using scanners, printers and learning CS4 Photoshop. 

‘Fantasy and/or Reality, Weird and/or Wonderful’ Students combine digital and/or traditional photographic techniques as well as other Art and Creative processes to plan, create and construct a final outcome in response to the theme. Outcomes may be Digital: a Website of development/final evidence and a final outcome in a material/process of student choice OR Paper-based processes – creating a book and a series of prints.

What is GCSE Photography like?

It is an Art GCSE specialising in Photography and possibly film following the Edexcel exam board’s course (1PY0). Students do not have to be able to draw. The course involves a lot of computer based technology and creative Science. It is better if students have access to a digital camera, older style cameras are an advantage if you can find one. Along the way the course combines theory with practical work in a fun, challenging way that makes learning enjoyable. 

Photography KS4 Curriculum Map

How are the students assessed at GCSE?

Coursework is worth 60% of the GCSE, is undertaken as controlled assessment and includes a number of units each combining ANALYSING Artwork and Sources, RESPONDING with your own ideas, REVIEWING & REFINING your work, PRODUCING final OUTCOMES.
The Externally set examination is worth 40% of the GCSE:

In January of Y11 students will receive a project starter paper from the exam. We then spend 10 weeks helping you to prepare for the exam. The preparation evidence in your sketchbook is worth about 70% of the exam mark. At the end of the spring term you will have 2 days in the photography area, to complete the final practical piece of work, under exam conditions.  

Photography Grade Descriptors

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