GCSE Photography

Why choose GCSE Photography?

 

Are you creative and love taking photos?

Are you hard-working and independent?

Do you have lots of exciting ideas?

Have you always wanted to learn how to use a DSLR camera, understand lighting and photo editing?

Have you seen really cool photos and wondered if you could learn a similar technique?

 

If so this course could be for you!

 

Photography is a highly creative and experimental course where you will use a mixed media approach.

 

This subject will suit you if:

 

  • You have enjoyed and performed well in art and design in KS3;
  • You enjoy using computers, being creative and exploring different ideas;
  • You are keen to push your ideas forward and are willing to experiment with new techniques;
  • You are hardworking, can work independently and communicate your ideas in both visual and written form effectively.


What will the course involve?

 

Photography and editing - You will be introduced to a wide range of photographic and artistic techniques including light painting, collage, Photoshop, macro photography, bleaching and scratching photos and using different lighting styles.

 

Detailed annotation – extended writing to show understanding of artists and photographers, explanations of your own ideas and why you have made your different creative choices.

 

Developing an idea from initial brief to finished piece – you will be expected to show independence and be able to make choices which make your work unique and original.

 

YEAR 10: SEPT - EASTER: DEVELOPING SKILLS IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND EDITING

YEAR 10-11: EASTER - DECEMBER: MAJOR PROJECTS (COURSEWORK)

YEAR 11: JANUARY - APRIL: EXTERNALLY SET FINAL EXAM

 

 

 

What additional work is involved?

You will be expected to work independently and extensively at home on research, planning, writing and photographic tasks which will be vital to gaining a high final grade.

 

 

 

How will I be assessed?

60% - 2 coursework projects     

40% - final exam project

 

 

Where does the course lead?

16+: photography, graphic design, art

18+: photography, photo media, film, art, graphic design, advertising, teaching, marketing and other design and creative fields.

 

Universities and employers are always looking for creative people who can generate ideas and work effectively on extended projects from the beginning to a successful conclusion. Creativity is also increasingly being seen as a vital part of your c.v.