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Art (Photography)

Qualification: Art (Photography) GCSE
Exam Board/Specification: AQA

Is this course right for you?

You must enjoy being creative and taking photographs. This course will introduce a wide range of photography based skills and techniques, including digital image manipulation, studio photography and a range of printing processes. This course is suitable for students who enjoy being artistic and creative yet prefer using photography rather than other art based mediums.

What does the course involve?

Lots of practical work plus the study of traditional and modern photographers. It is important you develop your skills and knowledge outside of the classroom, organising photo shoots and expeditions is a must for you if you want to succeed on this creative course. In order for you to succeed on this course we have a full range of cameras and photographic equipment that we loan to you, when appropriate.

You will work towards achieving this GCSE qualification by completing two extended units of coursework, one of the units is externally set and assessed by the exam board. The nature of this course is such that you are required to produce a wide range of coursework. It is essential that you do not fall behind with this work and if you are away from the Academy for any reason you will be expected to catch up on missed work as soon as you return. We have Art Club sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3.05 pm – 5.00 pm.

What about coursework and external assessments?

Unit 1 Coursework 60%

You will be given a practical introduction to a range of processes and study other photographers’ work. You will learn how to handle a digital camera, how to download images and to acquire a solid grasp of computer techniques. In your work you will also be taught to pay great attention to detail in your finished work.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment 40%

This unit is approached in a similar manner as outlined for Unit 1. You will be given a wide choice of starting points by the examination board. Most of the work will be produced in normal lessons, but will be finished in a series of timed sessions.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

If you achieve a good pass or above you will be able to progress to study the A level Photography qualification in the John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre or other providers. Many of our students go on to successfully study at University. Employers and university admission tutors like creative thinkers.

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