Curriculum Leader: Mr T. Rigg

This course equips students with the ability to record striking imagery digitally using the latest editing software and photographic equipment. The course is structured to enable students to use a camera creatively, effectively and competently.  Students will explore different styles and genres of photography and investigate modern and contemporary photographers.  There is a strong practical element to the course, where students are encouraged to explore their own ideas within a structured framework. Students will be taught how to use Adobe Photoshop, Digital SLR camera’s and be inducted into using basic studio equipment. The course allows students to become technically sound using photography equipment but also enables them to interpret themes with a more conceptual and abstract take on recording imagery.

AS level Photography is 50% coursework, students work from a series of starting points including themes such as Urban, Reflections and Architecture. Technical skills and editing techniques are fed into the production of a sketchbook. The other 50% is an externally set assignment based on a theme set by the exam board. The students are required to put together a unit of work in a 12 week period ending with the production of a final piece or series of photographs within 10 hours.

A level Photography is 60% coursework, students are now given greater independence to develop their own work from broad staring points and are encouraged to explore their own lines of enquiry.  Differing slightly from AS level 12% of the coursework comprises of a written personal study. This is an in-depth investigation in an element of photography that interests the student. The other 40% of the course is the externally set assignment which is where the students have 12 weeks to put together a unit of work based on the theme set by the exam board, this ends with the production of a final piece or series of photographs in 12 hours.

The exam board we use is Edexcel. Please take the time to see some of the images students have created on the course which are exhibited on our webpage.

Here is the link to all online content provided by Edexcel. Photography is part of the Art and Design umbrella and is included as a specialism under that title.

Photography students have the opportunity to go on two trips in year 12 that enable them to visit live art work and take relevant photographs for the projects they study. The first trip is to London and students visit relevant exhibitions and have the chance to photograph interesting parts of the city. The second is to The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate where students have a project to capture documentary style photographs based on the theme ‘British Society’. Both trips give the students a great boost with their coursework projects.

Students are also encouraged to use the department’s computer rooms and can book out the digital photo studio in their own time to continue working on their photography work.