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Photography

Subject: Photography

Subject/Curriculum Leader: Mrs G McDonald

Photography continues to be a popular option at GCSE.  It provides our students with a link to the ever changing digital world which moves with incredible speed as technology continues to re-invent itself. Understanding the formal elements of photography underpins all creative learning within the subject.  As a department, we encourage students to develop their own creativity as well as understanding the work of others to help enhance and broaden their knowledge and experience of photography. At Norton College, we strive so that our photography students can achieve, to promote a knowledge and passion for the subject which can develop and flourish in a creative atmosphere.

The Photography department has a dedicated team of 2 teachers, who share a wealth of teaching experience. We are well resourced with a range of digital SLR cameras, a photography studio and an ICT room where students can conduct photoshoots and digitally edit their work.

The Photography curriculum is delivered so that students have the opportunity to revisit skills and techniques, allowing knowledge to be firmly embedded into their photographic practise.  Students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities such as lunchtime clubs and workshops.

Currently Photography is offered as a GCSE option.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students are entered for Art and Design: Photography GCSE.

We follow the AQA specification for this qualification.

The course is divided into 2 units:  Unit 1, Portfolio, and Unit 2, the Externally Set Task. The Portfolio consists of 2 coursework projects and carry’s 60% of the GCSE qualification.  The Externally Set Task is 40% of the GCSE qualification.  Both units are internally marked, and then moderated by an external examiner.  Coursework is developed throughout Year 10 and also in the Autumn term of Year 11.  The Externally Set Task begins in January of Y11 and concludes at the end of April with a formal 10-hour practical exam, undertaken in the photography studio, ICT room and art rooms.

During the coursework period, students are encouraged to work more independently.  They are able to take ambitious and creative risks which help develop a strong work ethic and personal motivation.  Their final project in Year 11 focuses on developing an independent theme based on a universal starting point.  They can investigate and research photographers, artists and designers of their own choice and take autonomy of how to develop their project whilst fulfilling the Portfolio assessment criteria.

 

Year 10 - Autumn term

The Formal Elements:  Identifying the formal elements of photography

‘I Love Lego’: photographic techniques including camera settings and functions, shutter speed, aperture and depth of field, composition, practical photoshoots, contact sheets, and basic editing skills.

 

Year 10 - Spring term

Slinkachu & David Gilliver:

Working in response to photographers.  Research and written analytical skills, developing a personal opinion. Devising ‘mini world’ studio photoshoots and external location photoshoots. Developing digital editing knowledge using Adobe Photoshop.

 

Year 10 - Summer term

Unusual Portraiture:

Developing skills and knowledge of a variety of lighting techniques.  Working in response to photographers.  Research and written analytical skills, developing a personal opinion.  Planning and co-ordinating a range of photoshoots to develop ideas.  Experimenting with digital and non-digital editing techniques.

 

Year 11 - Autumn term

A choice to review and extend either ‘I Love Lego’, Slinkachu & David Gilliver or Unusual Portraiture work as their final coursework project.  Students must cover all 4 assessment objectives within this extended project;

AO1: Independent photography research and contextual studies

AO2: Independent idea development, experimentation of media and processes, refining skills and techniques

AO3: Observational recording of primary and secondary sources, including drawings, annotation of ideas

AO4: Final personal response in the form of a series of photographs

 

Year 11 - Spring term

Externally Set Task

Delivery of exam paper and preparation period

AO1: Independent artist research

AO2: Independent idea development, experimentation of media and processes, refining skills and techniques

AO3: Observational recording of primary and secondary sources, including drawings, annotation of ideas

AO4: Final formal 10-hour practical exam in which students produce their personal response in the form of a series of photographs

 

Year 11 - Summer term

The course is completed by May 1st.

Mounting and presentation of work for the annual Exhibition

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students are entered for A Level Art and Design: Photography.

We follow the AQA specification for these qualifications.

In Year 12 students rigorously undertake a variety of small projects which introduces them to more complex and technical aspects of photography.  They are expected to be able to select appropriate photographers and artists to study to support their creative thinking and idea development.  As students gain confidence in these techniques and processes they commence with their Personal Investigation.

The Personal Investigation is a sustained area of creative study where students choose their own starting point and develop a creative investigation which includes a 3000 word written element, in the form of an essay.  The Portfolio covers 4 Assessment Objectives and is worth 60% of the A Level qualification.  The Externally Set Assignment is 40% of the A Level qualification.  Both units are internally marked, and then moderated by an external examiner.  The Portfolio is developed at the end of Year 12 and into Year 13.  The Externally Set Task begins in February of Y13 and within which a formal 15-hour practical exam is undertaken in the photography studio, ICT room and art rooms.

Trips to Whitby and York are used to allow students a wider access to visual stimuli.  These excursions help students to develop independent skills and allow them to bring the ‘wider world’ back to the studio.  It allows them to experience how a professional photographer would work on an assignment or commission.

 

Year 12 - Autumn term

Product photography: Composition, colour blocking, depth of field, experimental techniques including zoom burst and lighting effects.  Digital editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop.

 

Year 12 - Spring term

Architecture: Location photoshoots at Whitby, York and Norton. Composition, lighting, and depth of field. Digital editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop.

 

Year 12 - Summer term

Personal Investigation: Developing a starting point, initial photographer research and contextual studies.

Written element initially discussed and ideas documented.

 

Year 13 - Autumn term

Personal Investigation: Developing ideas through experimentation with a selected and purposeful range of techniques and processes.

Written element reviewed, essay content and structure formalised.

 

Year 13 - Spring term

Personal Investigation:  Completion of personal final response.  Completion of written element.

 

Year 13 - Summer term

The A Level Art and Design: Photography course is completed by May 1st

Mounting and presentation of work for the annual Exhibition