This is an Art centred subject encouraging creativity, individuality and independent learning.
The subject is a blend of practical – darkroom and digital – and written critical studies and evaluation.
The course involves two components. The first is a Personal Investigation (60%) into a chosen theme of Photography. Students research and analyse their theme and produce a portfolio of work based on their findings. They will explore experimental, landscape, portraiture and close up photography. Component two is the examination unit (40%) at the end of year 13. It is externally set by the examination board and takes the form of a creative portfolio of work similar to the coursework unit.
The course is designed to allow students to be independent and creative; to produce exciting, individual photography work whilst exploring and drawing influence and inspiration from selected artists and photographers.
Students are encouraged to experiment with traditional techniques as well as exploring new techniques and media. We have a fully functional dark room and portrait studio as well as three computer suites, equipped with state of the art computers and Adobe Creative Suite package.
During the course, there are opportunities to visit London, Barcelona and New York City to develop photographic studies.
The course is extremely popular with excellent results. Students have gone on to higher education courses at university as well as taking up apprenticeships and freelance opportunities. The Photography course can lead to careers including:
- Advertising Photographer
- Fashion Photographer
- Photo Journalist
- Director of Photography
- Film Maker
- YouTube video creator
There are no specific qualifications needed for the Photography course although an ‘artistic eye’ is an advantage.