Welcome to Photography
The two-year Art Photography Course is designed in accordance with the requirements of the syllabus aims and objectives of the AQA Examining Group. The examination is intended as a vehicle to enable students to demonstrate what they “know, understand and can do”.
The Photography course will introduce students to use digital lens-based media and the manipulation and presentation of images using a computer. In addition, students will use a range of methods, techniques and processes offered by digital cameras and image manipulation within computer programmes.
KS4: courses available: GCSE AQA Photography – 8206: Unit 1. Reflections, Unit 2. Exam. https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/photography
Progression to KS5:Palmers College: A-Level qualifications in Art & Photography.
South Essex College (Southend or Thurrock Campus) Art and design Level 1 or 2.
Or Photography A-level
The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:
- Actively engage in the process of art and design in order to develop as effective and independent candidates and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
- Develop creative skills, through learning to use imagination and intuition when exploring and creating images and artefacts. Become confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques.
- Develop competence, with increasing independence, in refining and developing ideas and proposals, and personal outcomes or solutions. Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques including, where appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies.
- Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design, media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Also, develop an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.
- Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive, practical, technical and expressive skills.
- Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self- discipline and commitment.
For this course, students can use traditional and/or new media to produce outcomes such as documentary work, photojournalism, experimental imagery, photomontage, photographic or digital installation, animation, video and film. Work may be in black and white and/or colour. Students will need to demonstrate an expressive and/or interpretative artistic response to the visual world. They should show understanding of conventions and genres such as portrait, landscape and movement and a range of techniques appropriate to the chosen specialism of photography.
In responding to their chosen activities in Photography, students will be expected to demonstrate skills through a variety of processes and techniques when using differing approaches to making images.
Students will be required to demonstrate skills in:
visual analysis through exploring imaging techniques such as composition, framing, depth of field, film speed, shutter speed, lighting, exposure, viewpoint.
experimenting with media, processes and techniques
abstracting, designing, illustrating, documenting.
Students will need to demonstrate an expressive and personal response in their work, appropriate to a given task.
OUTLINE OF COURSE:
Coursework will include work carried out both in class and at home. Students will be expected to produce individual work based on a common starting point. The course encourages new thinking in approaches to work and to the explorations of a wide range of materials. All Art work must be related to an artist, art movement or a context of society.
All coursework must be presented with any relevant preliminary studies carried out before and during the production of a finished piece. Upon completion, an evaluation should be produced. The use of annotations also plays a vital role.
COURSEWORK: 60% of the total marks
EXTERNALLY SET CONTROLLED TEST (10 hours): 40% of the total marks
The above work must be presented with supporting studies.
By the end of the course, students should be aware of career opportunities in the areas of Art and Design and will have the opportunity to visit various Colleges/Schools of Art and an Art Gallery.
For further information, please contact the Department Leader Ms R Jhita, on email@example.com.