|Key Stage 5 Curriculum|
Specification: EdExcel (9PY0)
This is an exciting contemporary course with students looking at the principles of good photography studying fundamentals like composition, lighting, depth of field and focus. Students will learn theory, look at work by other photographers and artists, but the main focus will be producing their own practical work demonstrating understanding through experimenting and producing images. While we will be looking at a range of ways of making images with the possibility of some darkroom work, the majority of the course will be digital with students taking images digitally and refining and manipulating those images in our computer suite. Access to your own camera would be an advantage but not essential as some digital SLR cameras are available for use in school.
This A Level may also be taken in combination with other portfolio based courses, but due to the similar structure of assessments and deadlines, advice should be taken if you plan to do this.
You will start off with a set of skills based projects, leading to a more self-directed sustained project where you develop a series of photography based final pieces and supporting back up work. The course will culminate in an assessed exhibition and a 15 hour practical exam.
You will be marked on your recording and photography skills, development of ideas, contextual awareness and the quality of your realisations.
Coursework 60% included 1000 word + written research project that is worth 12% of the final mark.
15 hour Practical Exam sat in sessions over a three week period worth 40% of the final mark.
We would expect you to achieve a grade 6 or above in GCSE Art and Design or Textiles and Fashion Design, or grade 6 or above in Design and Technology (Graphic Product) or to be able to demonstrate interest and aptitude for photography through a portfolio presentation to Mr Higgins before you are accepted onto the course. All students must have an APS of 4.5 or above.
A3 sketchbook x 2
Printing costs. Possible film and developing costs if students wish to use camera film as well as digital.