GCSE Photography is a course which gives you a wide range of exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore your interests in taking and manipulating photographs. You will develop creative, imaginative and practical skills and also learn to appreciate photography produced in a range of different times and cultures.

The course will explore a range of methods of making photographs such as digital photography, darkroom photography and other techniques such as manual photograph manipulation, pinhole camera photography and storyboarding. Pupils will also study the ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions relevant to photography can be communicated including the use of colour, line, form, tone, texture, shape, pattern, composition, scale, sequence, surface and contrast.

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Photography GCSE

Year 10

Term 1 - Composition

Introduction to photography basics and looking at photographs with a focus on composition.

Term 2 - Architecture

Researching four photographers who have been inspired by architecture and making responses to their work.

Terms 3 - Sherman and Hockney

Investigating, and making work in the style of, Cindy Sherman

Term 4 - Mock Exam

Artist research and experimentation inspired by David Hockney's 'Joiners'.

Term 5 - Light Painting

Exploring the possibilities of a number of experimental photographic techniques.

Term 6 - Sudek

Using the ideas of Josef Sudek, students compose their own still life photographs.

Year 11

Term 1 & 2 - Framing Project / Mock Exam

After exploring the variety of photographic 'framing' approaches employed by Anderson, Webb, Letinsky and Friedlander, students create their own portfolio of work as a response to the theme 'Framing'.

Term 3 & 4 - GCSE Photography Exam Preparation

Students investigate photographers, experiment and develop ideas based on the GCSE exam question they have chosen to answer.

Term 5 - GCSE Photography Exam