GCSE Photography begins with an Introduction to Photography project where students learn the fundamental skills needed to use a camera, use Photoshop and understand photographs. From there, students explore three foundation projects- Composing a Photograph; Looking in detail at techniques to frame the perfect image. Colour; exploring how a knowledge of colour theory can enhance photographs. Light and Shade; pupils develop more in depth knowledge of lighting methods such as long exposure, dappled light and chiaroscuro.
The aim of Year 10 Photography is for students to take creative risks, experiment more with their images and develop original methods of presenting photographic pieces. It begins with A Bigger Picture; using the concepts of David Hockney to explore composite photographs used to convey more than the traditional image. Pop Photography; using photography as a method to explore popular culture, this project draws upon previous knowledge of Pop Art and explores how this has inspired photography. Abstraction; exploring methods used to create non-objective images. Pupils will experiment with extreme macro images and capturing movement.
At the end of year 10 students begin preparation for a mock exam based on the previous year’s externally set theme, past themes have included Fragments, Reflections and Events. They sit the 5 hour mock exam in September of year 11. This is followed by Identity; pupils experiment with hand rendering methods over photographs inspired by Rankin’s Destroy project. They also learn how to take self-portraits, beyond the selfie. Finally the Externally Set Assignment; a theme set by the exam board, students have 10 weeks to prepare a project and final idea, then 10 hours in exam conditions to create their piece.