Key stage four
Photography is defined as the practice of producing images using light-sensitive materials such as photographic film, or digital methods of development and production to create static or moving images.
At Bay Leadership Academy we offer Photography with AQA. During the three years students are exposed to a broad range of photographic materials and processes. During the course students will experiment with both digital and manual image reproduction techniques in our dedicated computer suite with attached studio and darkroom facilities. Across both KS4 and KS5 students are encouraged to work independently and with autonomy as they respond to themes in a personal way.
Within the context of photography, students must demonstrate the ability to:
Use photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:
- Depth of field
- Shutter speed and movement
- Use of enlarger
- Chemical and/or digital processes
Use media and materials, as appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:
- Photographic papers
- Chemicals appropriate to darkroom practices
- Digital media, programs and related technologies
- Graphic media for purposes such as storyboarding, planningand constructing shoots.
AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
Curriculum Overview: Key stage four PHOTOGRAPHY
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Theme: The World Around Me
Term 1: SKILLS BUILDING What makes a good photograph?
Term 2: STYLES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Joiners (David Hockney)
Studio photgraphy: Still life- Edward Weston Fashion/Portraiture Basic photoshop skills: levels, cropping, making images black and white
Term 3: STYLES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Darkroom practice (chemical based): cyanotypes and photograms
Component 1: portfolio
Students begin building their coursework portfolio which is worth 60% of their overall grade.
Students given a range of starting points and chose a personal theme. Project structure aimed at addressing AO1-AO4
Mock exam: allows students to practice completing an exam project.
Complete component 1: portfolio
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40% of final grade
Project structure aimed at addressing AO1-AO4
The GCSE in Art and Design (photography) contains two units that are broken down into tasks and activities. There is no written examination at the end of the course. Instead you will have to complete the Unit 1 coursework project over two-years (worth 60% of your final grade) and then for 8 weeks work towards and sit Unit 2, an externally set assignment ending in a ten hour timed exam (worth 40% of your final grade).
All work is marked by the Art teachers and then again by an external moderator.
Exam Board Specification: Edexcel GCSE Art and Design
We have an active photography club which operates after school. We are very lucky to have a fully resources photography studio which has access to state of the art cameras, editing software, and a dark room.