GCSE Photography

GCSE Art & Design: Photography

  • This GCSE is designed to bring Art and Design to life and to help you develop your artistic skills whilst expanding your creativity, imagination and independence through photography.
  • This is for students that enjoy creativity and experimentation with traditional processes alongside modern technologies.
  • It also develops creative and critical thinking skills to a high level, which are becoming increasingly essential in the general workplace.
  • Is a gateway to many careers in the art and design industry.

What will I study & how will I be assessed? 

This is a 2 year course worth 1 GCSE 9-1 where students have to produce 2 Components of work.  Component 1 is 45 hours of Portfolio/ Coursework, which is created during year 10 and the first term of year 11. Component 2 is an exam project, with a 10-hour practical exam and 12-week preparation period during Y11. There are 4 assessment objectives: RESEARCH; EXPERIMENT, RECORD & RESPOND.  You will be given tight deadlines to make sure you achieve your best.  There is a lot to pack in and you will need homework time to explore more ideas; look at amazing photographic techniques and practice with them. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

 What will I do in lessons? 

It will help you understand contemporary and historical art, design, media and photographic technologies as well as encourage you to explore different societies and cultures. You will increase your understanding of different roles, audiences and consumers for art photography as well as experience different work practices and processes with equipment by visiting Galleries & Photographic work spaces.  Finally, it will help you try a wide range of photographic methods of expressing yourself through different materials, media and techniques.

There are 3 lessons per week, with 1 double lesson.  Year 10 lessons will encourage you to explore a wide range of techniques and processes, to increase your skills and knowledge before you specialise in an area of interest.  Each project is based on a theme, which enhances creative development of ideas and helps prepare you for the work place, where briefs would be set by clients or employers. Year 11 projects are independently led and work is developed to a higher, more adventurous level with many different photographic outcomes; 2D, 3D, mixed media or installation

Where can Photography take me? 
  • This course is excellent preparation for progression to A Level in Art and Design: Photography –Light-based Media or a relevant Level 3 course.
  • It could lead towards a career in fine art, new media, games development or games technologies, as well as digital photography and video, as well as more

For more information please email Mrs Noon.

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