This is a two year GCSE Art & Design: Photography course from AQA, running on 2 hour lessons per week.
The aim of the course is to help you develop:
- Your understanding of the creative, imaginative and practical skills for working in photography.
- Visual perception (ways of seeing the world and interpreting what you see or feel).
- Visual literacy - your ability to use the visual language of photography (tone, shape, colour, composition etc).
- An appreciation of the history of photography, through practical and critical responses.
Coursework –one A3 portfolio for each project that requires the following:
- Preparation- This involves research and development of ideas using many different kinds of photography.
- 3 Final outcomes- completed images, professionally presented.
The combined coursework makes up 60% of your overall mark.
Controlled Test – you will be able to choose one question (out of 7) and you will have 10 lessons to:
- Prepare –research and develop preparation for the exam.
- Producing a final outcome- You then have 10 hours to produce a finished image.
This preparation and exam piece make up 40% of your overall mark.
What will I study?
- Digital photography
- New media practice
- Experimental imagery
- Photographic manipulation
Year 1 – 2 x A3 portfolios and final pieces – book 1 - Sept – May, book 2 June – December.
Year 2 – Book 2 continues through to December. Then in January you choose a theme of your choice from the exam list (Jan - May - A3 portfolio and final piece)
How will I be assessed?
You will be given written and oral feedback throughout the course. Final assessment takes place at the end of the course, verified by internal and external assessors.