Photography Curriculum

Photography runs for Sixth Form students only (Years 12 and 13).

Click on the links below to jump to a particular Year Group:

 

 

Year 12

Year 1 of a two-year linear A Level (AQA GCE Art and Design – Photography)

Autumn Term
Students will be introduced to an overall theme for them to explore photography through set photo shoot assignments. They will build up their knowledge base including the key concepts needed to handle a digital DSLR: film speed, aperture, shutter speed, lenses, depth of field, focus, and vantage point. Students will also work on improving their skills in digital processes, including how to store, edit and transfer digital files. We will introduce and challenge students to extend their knowledge of Lightshop and Photoshop software and digital editing, digital collage, and digital printing.

Students will also be introduced into the art of darkroom or 'analogue' photography. They will use 35mm film in traditional film cameras and learn to process and print from the negatives. They will also experiment with paper negatives and Photograms.

Students will learn to record their work in paper or digital sketchbooks.

Spring Term
A second development project will allow students to make choices to pursue a technique or subject matter of their choice guided by outline briefs and support from teachers. The focus will be on experimentation, encouraging students to push their use of digital editing, combining photography with other media and advancing skills in the darkroom. This project will have staged deadlines to encourage students to work independently to develop their own approaches.

Summer Term
Students will develop a final presentation or final piece as a continuation of their work from the development projects. Students will be introduced to a variety of presentation possibilities, from wall mounted exhibitions, to photo installation, digital projection, collage or a more formal handmade book. This final presentation will have a hard deadline at the end of the half term and will be assessed as a guide to future performance in Year 13. There will also be opportunities to submit work for external competitions and exhibitions.

In the second half of the term studetns will begin their formal Unit 1 work which will contribute to their assessed portfolio in Year 13. This will be a Personal Investigation project with students deciding the theme.

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Year 13 (AQA Photography)

Autumn Term
Students will be working on Unit 1 - Personal Investigation. Students must plan and deliver their own self-directed project supported by teachers through one to one tutorials. Students must be self-motivated and explore ideas in a way that makes the project personal to them. Teachers will introduce the written task which can be submitted as a ‘Journal’ or an essay. There will be staged deadlines to provide drafts for feedback, with final deadlines for both practical and written work at the end of January.

Spring Term
Students complete their Unit 1 work, including the written journal or essay. This work will be the summation of their coursework and is finished to a very high standard with a clearly identified ‘final piece’. The sketchbook, supporting work and final piece must all be completely finished by the deadline which is likely to be the final week of January. The final exam paper (Unit 2) will be given out, normally in the first teaching week of February. Students will have a set number of weeks to research their exam question which they can choose from 8 provided by the examiner.

Summer Term
Students will complete preparations for their exam. They must ensure that their sketchbook shows thorough research into artists and photographers, it must also include a number of photoshoots and lots of experimentation with the techniques learnt over the previous two years. Students will have a final 15 hour exam (over 3 days) to create their final pieces. At the end of the final exam period all work has to be complete and ready to hang on the walls for exhibition.

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