Photography GCSE course St Vincent College

Course Description

Photography has a profound impact on the way we live our lives. This course will encourage you to explore different forms and processes.

You will learn how to visually communicate using a variety of traditional and modern techniques and produce creative photography outcomes.

You will learn about composition, the technicalities of using a camera well, darkroom processes and how to use lighting in the photographic studio.

By the end of the course you will be able to explore, understand and apply visual language and terminology to a variety of tasks and most importantly take better photographs.

Unit 1 – Coursework Portfolio (60% of course grade) 

  • Darkroom processing and digital skills using Adobe Photoshop
  • Exploration and analysis of artists work
  • Use of digital sketchbooks to record creative ideas 

Unit 2 – Controlled Assignment (40% of course grade) 

  • Final major project responding to set titles –10 hour exam 

One year

Technical aspects of using a camera, aperture, depth of field and framing/ composing images 

Darkroom processes 

Digital black and white/ colour photography 

Adobe Photoshop to edit digital images 

Research skills and image analysis 

GCSE Graphics and other level 2 courses.

  • Use of the Mac suite, photography studio and art rooms during independent study time 
  • Visits to London and other local galleries to see art, media, photography and cultural interests

A-Level Photography, A-level Graphics and Film and A-level Digital Arts.

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 2 or above
  • If you have not yet gained Grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths, this will form part of your programme

Units are assessed through portfolio and Externally Set Task.

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