In this course you will study the history of photography and the technical developments made in the subject over the past 150 years. You will learn how to use a 35mm camera to take your own photographs and how to develop them in the darkroom. You will also learn how to use a digital camera, including how to take and download digital images, and how to manipulate your images using software packages such as Photoshop.
You will have the opportunity to work with visiting professional photographers, learning how to display and present your work. You will also visit exhibitions and galleries across London so that you can learn from other artists. You will be expected to undertake independent research and keep workbooks throughout the duration of the course.
Unit 1: Personal Portfolio (coursework – 60%)
This portfolio contains all your photography produced during Y10-11. You will be expected to research your work and show evidence of how you have explored your ideas and developed your skills. Your supporting studies are as important as the finished pieces and so your books should be packed! You will be expected to research themes, develop personal ideas and make observations related to photographers that you have studied. Independent research is a key element of this and it is essential that your work is presented to a high standard at all times.
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (exam – 40%)
The assignment consists of a broad based thematic starting point set by the exam board. The topic will be given to you in early February of Y11 and you will have eight weeks of preparation time before a final ten-hour exam. Again, your preparatory material and research are as important as your final piece of work.