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Photography

Photography is an exciting and creative subject which is offered at both GCSE and A level. Studying photography gives students a thorough grounding in research, analysis, project planning, experimentation and annotation. Recent students have gone on to study Fine Art, Photography, Fashion and Digital effects at University and we encourage students to adopt an independent and personal approach to their work, demonstrating creative thinking and imagination.

At The Misbourne, our aim is to provide our students with a wide range of digital, traditional and experimental skills.

Key Stage 4

Exam board: EdExcel 

We enter students for GCSE exams with Pearson Edexcel. Students will study a range of workshops in photographic theory, followed by an introductory course in digital imaging, darkroom principles and alternative processing, and physical editing (collage/3D).

The course is 60% coursework completed over years 9 and 10 and the autumn./winter term of Year 11. In the spring term of Year 11 students start an exam portfolio which accounts for 40% of the overall grade culminating in a 10 hour assessment period.

Workshops

  • History of Photography
  • Exposure, Depth of Field and Speed
  • Composition
  • Colour
  • Darkroom Principles
  • Lighting
  • Digital Imaging
  • Physical editing

Coursework

  • Nature photography – Idea 1
  • Still life photography – Idea 2
  • Idea 3 – own choice
  • Landscape/Travel photography – Idea 4
  • Development ideas – own choice

Exam

  • Portfolio ideas in response to theme set by exam board

Key Stage 5

A photography qualification at A Level provides the necessary skills to follow many art related degree courses in addition to photography, including Fine Art, Graphic Communications, Media Studies and Digital Imaging. It also enables students to build up a portfolio should they wish to enter the photographic industry directly as an assistant photographer.

Students will study a range of workshops in photographic theory, followed by an introductory course in digital imaging, darkroom principles and alternative processing, and physical editing (collage/3D). The course is 60% coursework completed over Year 12 and the autumn./winter term of year 13. In the spring term of Year 13 students start an exam portfolio which accounts for 40% of the overall grade culminating in a 15 hour assessment period.

Subject specific entrance requirements

  • Students are not required to have studied photography at GCSE, but should have an interest in art or photography

Teaching and learning styles

Lessons involve a wide and varied range of activities including research and analysis, experimental work, presentation of ideas and concepts, and self-evaluation. The course is designed to ensure:

  • Learning is enjoyable, and enhances students' enthusiasm for photography
  • Students attain a thorough range of digital and traditional skills
  • Students take creative risks and are encouraged to experiment
  • Students develop concept and meaning and define their personal artistic voice

Workshops

  • History of Photography
  • Exposure, Depth of Field and Speed
  • Composition
  • Colour
  • Darkroom Principles
  • Lighting
  • Digital Imaging
  • Physical editing

Department Staff

Mrs K Cato - Curriculum Leader 

Mrs D McHale - Art and Photography Teacher 

Ms B Inscoe - Art and Photography Teacher 

Ms J Whitfield - Art and Photography Teacher 

Ms K Shiels - Design Technology, Art and Photography Technician 

Useful websites and resources

www.pinterest.co.uk 

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/ - Useful glossary of terms and advice on techniques 

www.YouTube.com step-by-step videos – search the technique you want help/advice on. 

www.studentartguide.com - lots of articles and advice from teachers and students. Includes lots of examples of very high-quality art portfolios from all over the world.  Perfect inspiration for all years. 

Subject Documents Date  
Photography The Misbourne Curriculum Map 18th Sep 2019 Download