Photography allows students to explore the world around them in a visually creative and exciting way. This modern exciting course will allow students in Year 12 to learn the full functions of a DSLR camera. Gaining a fluid understanding of composition, depth of field, aperture, f stops, ISO and shutter speed will allow students to control their photographs. The course will also help students gain an awareness of use of light and photo editing. Access to an array hardware such as a suite of PCs, graphics tablets, scanners, printers, digital pens and professional studio lighting helps support students to gain practical understanding of digital image processing used in so many professions.
Good ICT skills are helpful and it is expected but not compulsory that the students have followed a GCSE in any Art discipline. The school has a number of SLR cameras but it is important that students have access to a reasonable quality digital camera of their own too. It is vital that students view the work of other photographers and Artists first hand. There are a number of trips available to encourage students to do this.
In Year 13, they will pursue one major Personal Investigation developing a photographic skill of their choice to a very high level. This unit is saturated in the work of others helping students absorb culture, context and process in order to inspire a very personal final outcome.
Candidates who wish to study photography to AS or A2 level should have a passion for and interest in recording and expressing themselves through the media of photography. Candidates should also realise that they have to present visual and written information through collage. It is also vital students can interpret work visually, describing and analysing the work of others with a personal in depth mature approach.
Candidates should also realise that they have to present visual and written information through collage. It is also vital students can interpret work visually, describing and analysing the work of others with a personal in depth mature approach.
After completing the programme, successful candidates may progress onto multiple courses at University, as well as various employment opportunities within the industry.