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Photography

Our KS4 curriculum has been designed to allow students to experience a playful and creative imagination as well as developing a technical appreciation for the art of photography where the process as well as the exploration of ideas is important to the final outcome.

Students will be working in a large well-equipped classroom/studio where they will have full use of lighting equipment and backgrounds; students will also be introduced to Apple mac computers and be taught the use of Adobe Photoshop. This will help develop the students’ creative abilities by learning different editing techniques and pushing the boundaries in photography.

Students through research will gain an appreciation of the historical, cultural and intellectual awareness of this visual arts course.

KS5 Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Overarching knowledge, understanding and skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Photography. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography
  • Awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of Photography
  • The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography
  • Appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement
  • Appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area(s) of Photography

·         Understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout.

Brief overview of content in each year group
Year Content
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9 Introduction to photography, students will learn the basics of photography, this includes the history of photography through to camera craft (how to take better images).

Students will develop skills in creative and practical problem solving, developing ideas through research, practical application, analysis and critical understanding.

10 GCSE students will be required to complete two or more projects including teacher input and acting on advise, students will be required to complete a portfolio of written and photographic assignments in the form of a journal (Component 1 Portfolio). Students will explore work in areas such as portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, environmental photography, still life and experimental imagery.
11 After successful completion of Component 1, Year 11 students will be issued with the Component 2 Externally Set assignment. The student will have a choice of five projects set by the exam board. The student Must choose one, on selection the students will have a preparatory period of eight weeks leading to a 10 hour supervised practical to produce final realised outcomes.
12 GCE (A level) Photography Students should be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They should be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Students should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students’ responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students should use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. They may wish to develop their drawing skills in order to produce storyboards, thumbnail sketches and/or diagrams, where appropriate.

Students may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

Students should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.

Areas of study

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

·         Portraiture

·         Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)

·         Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)

·         Documentary photography, photojournalism

·         Fashion photography

·         Experimental imagery

·         Photographic installation

·         Moving image (video, film, animation).

13 After successful completion of Component 1, Year 13 students will be issued with the Component 2 Externally Set assignment. The student will have a choice of five projects set by the exam board. The student Must choose one, on selection the students will have a preparatory period of eight weeks leading to a 10 hour supervised practical to produce final realised outcomes.
Extra-curricular opportunities
As Part of the GCSE photography course, we do have certain trips we expect Y10, 11 and A-level photographers to attend, these trips are organized around the course criteria and will help each student to gather evidence for their individual portfolio.

Places of interest

•       Castle Howard, Salford Quays, Scarborough and Whitby. These day trips are aimed mainly for GCSE students

•       Northumberland (4 night residential) aimed mainly at A level students.

•       Lake District (4 night residential) aimed mainly at A level students.

 

Links to future careers
Photography is an exciting medium that can be used in many different ways. Careers in photography include Art careers, Advertising, Commercial work, Editorial, Fashion, Film, Food, Forensic, Industrial, Architectural, Ariel, Portraiture and Wedding photography, Sports and Travel etc. Photographs are visible everywhere because we love the photographic representation of our world and ourselves and therefore there is a huge market for photographic work.
Links to SMSC and British values
Spiritual development in photography

Photography is dependent on the students’ ability to enquire and communicate their ideas, meanings and feelings. Students will investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their own and others work. We encourage independent thinking that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express these in an appropriate manner.

Moral development in Photography
Students are encouraged to look at work that will often pose a moral question. The student’s outcomes are supported with a rationale or a meaning that will often convey a message.

Social development in Photography
Students work is celebrated throughout the school and is to be displayed in many areas. Students work independently and collaboratively to develop.
Students discuss and research a range of artists and art work, encouraging and developing communication skills.

Cultural development in Photography
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of artist’s ideas and concepts identifying how meanings are conveyed. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of cultures, beliefs and religions. Through their investigations they will research and explore the religious and non-religious beliefs adopted by a variety artists of cultures from around the world.

Head of department contact
Name: Mr R Jones

Email: rjones@ralphthoresby.com

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5

  • KS4: GCSE Photography
  • KS5: A level Photography
  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Introduction to digital photography

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Course requirements
      Work flow
      File structures
      Portfolio layout and design
      Students intentions

      Assessment

      Pins assessment

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      The history of photography and cameras

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Research techniques
      Researching the beginning of photography and cameras
      The anatomy of a camera
      Other camera types

      Assessment

      Pins assessment

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Camera craft & Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      How to hold your camera
      Introducing exposure
      Explaining shooting modes (what are scene modes and what are Auto and advanced modes)
      What makes a good photograph

      Assessment

      Pins assessment

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Practical lessons Editing techniques First shoots Homework

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Still life
      Portraiture
      Landscapes
      Food

      Assessment

      Pins assessment

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Individual Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will use research and exploration of past and present photographers to create a personal portfolio, which can then be taken through to their final GCSE in Photography.

      Assessment

      Pins assessment

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Continuation of Individual Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students at this stage will have put together a comprehensive response to their own personal portfolio
      Having made a meaningful and critical understanding of their chosen topic (genre of photography)

      Assessment

      Pins assessment

    How can I support my child?
     

    Equipment required:

    Basic point and shoot digital pocket camera or a Digital bridge camera.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images (magazines) and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary or electronically. Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and Photography. Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes/Apps to generate designs.

     

    Homework information
    Although homework will be set from time to time, I would like to remind students/parents/carers that this is a visual arts subject based around course work (a personal portfolio) over time. Students who want to make progress and achieve the highest grades should take it upon their selves to gather as much evidence (taking photographs and research) as possible in their own time when out of school.
  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Introduction to AQA GCSE photography

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Course requirements
      Work flow
      File structures
      Portfolio layout and design
      Students intentions

      Assessment

      Pins assessment

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      What makes a good photograph

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Basics of good imagery
      Light, shape, form, pattern & textures
      Rule of thirds
      Research explaining artists work (Tom Chambers)
      Researching other artists past and present and describing their work using photographic terms and language

      Assessment

      AQA marking criteria and Pins assessment

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Portraiture

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Portraits (emotions) the works of Burton Pritzker
      Students will use research and exploration of past and present photographers as a continuation of photographic portraiture
      How to add drama and impact to portraits using Photoshop

      Assessment

      AQA marking criteria and Pins assessment

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Food and close-up photography

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      The impact of food photography in the commercial and advertising industries

      Assessment

      AQA marking criteria and Pins assessment

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Individual topics

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will have the opportunity to create a body of work based on a theme of their choice i.e. Portraits, landscapes, Food, Photographic manipulation etc.

      Assessment

      AQA marking criteria and Pins assessment

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Continuation of individual theme.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will continue their personal work, making a critical and meaningful response to their chosen topic.

      Assessment

      AQA marking criteria and Pins assessment

    How can I support my child?
     

    Equipment required:

    Basic point and shoot digital pocket camera or a Digital bridge camera.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images (magazines) and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary or electronically. Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and Photography. Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes/Apps to generate designs.

    Homework/coursework information
    Although homework will be set from time to time, I would like to remind students/parents/carers that this is a visual arts subject based around course work (a personal portfolio) over time. Students who want to make progress and achieve the highest grades should take it upon themselves to gather as much evidence (taking photographs and research) as possible in their own time when out of school.
  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal project 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Individual project
      Presenting and consolidating towards a final outcome – AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4
      realising intentions.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal project 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Individual project
      Presenting and consolidating towards a final outcome – AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4
      realising intentions.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students choose an exam question.
      Analyse research and explore ideas.
      Analysis through drawing, appropriate material and annotation.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students refine their idea and use of materials in preparation for their final outcome,
      Students sit their10 hour exam
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      Final Assessment and marking. Marks sent to the exam board by the 31st May.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      GCSE Externally Set Exam 40%

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 06

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Final Assessment and marking. Marks sent to the exam board by the 31st May

    How can I support my child?
     

    Equipment required:

    Basic point and shoot digital pocket camera or a digital bridge camera.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images (magazines) and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary or electronically. Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and Photography. Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes/Apps to generate designs.

    Homework/coursework information
    Although homework will be set from time to time, I would like to remind students/parents/carers that this is a visual arts subject based around coursework (a personal portfolio) over time. Students who want to make progress and achieve the highest grades should take it upon their selves to gather as much evidence (taking photographs and research) as possible in their own time when out of school.
  • Year 12 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Introduction to AQA A Level photography

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Course requirements
      Work flow (Photoshop)
      File structures
      Portfolio layout and design
      Students intentions (Begin individual projects)

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Lighting techniques Photoshop skills Multi layer techniques

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will be required to research and introduce photographic processing and editing techniques to their project using Adobe Photoshop or similar software.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Introduction to component 2

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will review a sample of past exam papers and make a response by Recording ideas, researching appropriate artists and photographers, learning editing skills & techniques (Photoshop).
      Then finish the project by creating final pieces

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Introduction to component 2

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students should be making a meaning full response to their chosen question particularly with Objectives A01 Research & A02 Experimenting and exploring.

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Introduction to component 2

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students refine their ideas and use of materials in preparation for their final outcome.
      Component 2 will be graded
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal Investigation 60% Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students to start developing their Personal Investigation through the use of primary and secondary source material and the use of appropriate techniques and media.
      AO1 AO2

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    How can I support my child?
     

    Equipment required:

    Basic point and shoot digital pocket camera or a digital bridge camera.

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images (magazines) and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary or electronically. Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and Photography. Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes/Apps to generate designs.

     

    Self-study information
    Self study will be determined by individual student projects. Students will be expected to spend at least 4/5 hours of self study a week. This is reliant on the students being independent, organised and focused.  This self study is essential to enable them to develop and consolidate their work.
  • Year 13 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal Investigation 60 % Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students to start developing their Personal Investigation through the use of primary and secondary source material and the use of appropriate techniques and media.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Personal Investigation 60 % Portfolio

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students explore relevant presentation/composition. Working towards their final outcome
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students choose an exam question.
      Analyse research and explore ideas.
      Analysis through drawing, appropriate material and annotation.
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Developing their idea through the use of materials and composition etc
      AO1 AO2 AO3

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Externally Set Exam 40%

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students refine their idea and use of materials in preparation for their final outcome,
      Students sit their 15 hour exam
      AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4

      Assessment

      PINS. Peer assessment. Verbal feedback. GCSE assessment objectives.

    • 06

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Final Assessment and marking. Marks sent to the exam board by the 31st May

    How can I support my child?
    Equipment required: Basic point and shoot digital pocket camera or a digital bridge camera.

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Encourage your child to record visual experiences through drawing, taking photographs, gathering images (magazines) and keeping them in a scrapbook/diary or electronically. Encourage your child to watch television programmes related to art, design and Photography. Encourage your child to use various computer software programmes/Apps to generate designs.

    Self-study information
    Self study will be determined by individual student projects. Students will be expected to spend at least 4/5 hours of self study a week. This is reliant on the students being independent, organised and focused.  This self study is essential to enable them to develop and consolidate their work.

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