Approach to Teaching
Photography is a new subject area within the Art department and is becoming a popular option at GCSE. Within photography students learn to use professional digital cameras and lighting equipment alongside Adobe Photoshop, the premier photographic and graphic design package.
During Key Stage 3 schemes of work we try to incorporate photography within art lessons although the students gain a more in-depth understanding if they opt for the subject at GCSE.
The department maintains and aims to continually develop and improve the wide range of photographic equipment made available for students to use. This includes a set of digital cameras for everyday use, professional SLR cameras with tripods and reflectors for more detailed work and a Photography studio with equipment including: backdrop screen, lighting, reflectors and diffusers and our own Photoshop IT room.
Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)
At KS3 (Years 7-9) we incorporate photography within our general art lessons.
Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)
AQA Art & Design – Photography: Lens-Based and Light-based media
GCSE Photography is based on 60% coursework 40% exam & examination Preparation.
- Show a range of imaginative ideas.
- Use different types of photos - Printed photography, digital photography, photo montage, black and white photography, colour photography.
- Know about and show skill using photographic techniques.
- Experiment with images.
- Record ideas using images and writing.
- Look at other photographers work.
- Develop their ideas.
- Create final pieces of work based on ideas.
- Write about and evaluate their work.