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Photography

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WELCOME TO PHOTogRAPHY

The Photography department strives to enable many of our students at Key Stage 4 and 5 to develop through their GCSE and A Level studies to develop academically, personally and culturally so that they can flourish and participate in the community and achieve their fullest potential. Our vision is founded on strong principles for high quality teaching, with a careful focus on learning and enjoyment, valuing each individual and what they have to offer. The bond between school and home, and the mutual support therein, also provides a solid foundation upon which young people can develop.

We encourage students to think for themselves and equip them with techniques to improve their learning, acquiring effective literacy and communication skills and the most important skill, learning to learn. A structured programme of quality assurance and monitoring will ensure and measure their successes.

The projects that you will be given during both these courses are designed to help you learn both the technical and creative aspects of photography. You will be asked to complete tasks including research activities and practical assignments. The information and experience you gain will provide you with a framework for your future photographic work.

You will learn:

Both GCSE and A Level Specifications emphasises the importance of photography as an art form as well as a way to communicate ideas. Development of ideas through sustained research and individual work is the most important aspect of the course. Production of good journals and written backup studies is mandatory.

These courses are built on a similar frame work with higher level work and thinking skills required at A Level.

This frame work includes:

  • How to use a camera.
  • To process, develop and print film photographs in a darkroom.
  • To develop your ideas through contextual research.
  • To demonstrate your understanding of the techniques and styles of other photographers. This will include research obtained from field trips and visits to museums and art galleries.
  • To experiment with a range of photographic processes and techniques e.g. studio work, close up work, digital techniques, digital manipulation and printing.
  • Presentation skills. Presenting your work effectively to communicate your ideas.

Key stage 4

GCSE

Unit 1

(60% of your final grade is course work -class work & homework)

This unit explores the basic principles of photography and an introduction to your camera and some digital techniques and manipulation. Your studies will be centred round a range of different themes such as:

  • People & Places including Photomontage and Portraiture,
  • Patterns in Nature,
  • Buildings & Structures,
  • The Everyday,
  • Image & Text,
  • Self Image and
  • Movement.

You will study the work of other Photographers and be able to implement their styles and techniques in with your own ideas.

Unit 2

(40% of your final grade is preparation towards your final exam plus the10 hour exam itself).

This unit takes the form of a timed test (10 hours) with supporting work, responding to themes set by the Exam Board. You will need to use all the skills and techniques learnt during Unit 1 as independent study

Key Stage 5

AS Photography – Year One

For the AS course you will produce 2 units of work:-

Unit 1

(50% of AS – 25% of A2)

This unit explores the basic principles of photography and an introduction to the Film and SLR camera alongside darkroom and digital techniques and manipulation. It allows you to develop a more personal practical project with preparatory studies leading to a set of finished prints.

Unit 2

(50% of AS – 25% of A2)

This unit takes the form of a timed test (5 hours) with supporting work, responding to themes set by the Exam Board. You will need to use all the skills and techniques learnt during Unit 1 as independent study.

A2 Photography – Year Two

Your previous 2 units from Year 1 are added to another 2 units studied.

Unit 3

(25% of A2)

This unit is an independent unit where you will choose your own theme, explore and research the styles and techniques of other photographers to inspire your own ideas. You will produce a personal portfolio leading to a set of finished prints. Your portfolio will be supported by an essay demonstrating your work in progress (2000 – 3000 words).

Unit 4

(25% of A2)

This unit takes the form of a timed test (15 hours) at the end of a practical project with supporting work, responding to themes set by the Exam Board. You will need to use all the skills and techniques learnt during the previous units as independent study.

Facilities & Resources

  • Mac suite with Adobe CS5.5 editing software.
  • Traditional Darkroom with 10 enlargers (incl. Medium format).
  • Professional studio with studio lighting, ancillary equipment and accessories.
  • Negative scanner and A3 colour printer.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

Field trips and visits to London and local art galleries, are arranged throughout the year which are focussed on the themes students are studying at the time.

We also like to include workshops from professional practitioners to enrich student’s portfolios.

Students are given the opportunity to improve and extend their portfolios by working with other subjects and external organisations on joint ventures such as:

  • Bitterne Park Textiles Department & Solent University Fashion Department – Fashion Show.
  • Above Bar College – Joint project with Level 3 Hairdressing students– Creative Styling.

Staff

Miss Lamonde (Head of Photography)

Miss Murphy (Photography teacher)