Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as:
portraiture; location photography; studio photography; experimental imagery; documentary photography or fashion photography.
In KS4, students will have the opportunity to explore these genres in digital media, making use of the department’s cameras, computer suite and Adobe Creative Suite software, including Photoshop. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and develop their own photographs in response to studying the work of others. The course offers a good balance of practical work and theory, with written annotation and analysis an important aspect.
All the work the student makes during their course is eligible to be included in their final grade. Students will submit a portfolio of the best work they have created, which must show a breadth of study. This must include planning/storyboards, analysis and annotation as well as the photographs they take. This portfolio is worth 60% of their final grade, the student will select the best of their coursework for this. The externally set assignment is an independent study on a topic provided by the exam board; all research, experiments, developments and planning for it will be
marked, along with the final piece which will be created in the 10 hours sustained focus under exam conditions. This is worth the remaining 40% of the mark and takes place between January and April.