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Parkside School

Photography

Photography

Our aim is to introduce students to different shooting and editing processes, to create personal responses to their chosen themes and their intentions linking to their research and digital portfolio. 

 

 Mrs Stone

Head of Faculty

 Miss Payne

Head of Art & Photography

 

 

  

Curriculum Plans

 

 

Photography is a fantastic subject which allows students to research a wider variety of artistic mediums, exploring light and creative imagery to express their ideas based on very open themes and starting points. 

They will be using a diverse range of lighting sources including flash guns, LED lights, gels, Uv light and projection. As well as becoming confident in using a DLSR and Adobe Photoshop. 

Year 10 & 11

What are we studying?

Year 10

Photography Workshop

Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of using a DLSR as well as how to use Photoshop.

A wide variety of shooting and editing techniques will be explored to support future projects.

Internal/External

5 hour practical mock exam following a preparatory period based on chosen photographers linked to the theme of Internal/External. Work will be developed and refined over several weeks, showing a variety of shooting and editing methods. During the exam students will complete their unit with a supporting final outcome based on their preparatory work.

Year 11

Mock Exam

Students will be given a past Photography exam paper and have an option of 7 different starting points.

Work completed in the response to their chosen start point will contribute to a 10 hour practical mock exam taken in December. Mock exam work becomes part of coursework and provides students with an opportunity to experience a full length exam.

Component 1 Coursework Consolidation

Current Year 11 students have time to consolidate coursework to negate the impact of time lost to Covid 19. This is in place of Component 2 Externally Set Assignment.

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment – students receive an exam paper from AQA with a selection of themes or start points to work from. They prepare and experiment before undertaking a 10 hour practical exam to create a personal response.

Current Year 11 do not undertake Component 2 due to adaptations by AQA for the impact of Covid 19. They will be solely marked on Component 1 Coursework for 100% of their final grade. Current Year 10 will undertake Component 2 as part of their Year 11 studies.

How are we assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course across the following 4 assessment criteria: Assessment is continuous throughout the course across the following 4 assessment criteria:

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.

What homework are we expected to do?

Homework will be set weekly on Classcharts and should take approximately 1 hour. Tasks will support Components 1 and 2 and will become part of assessed coursework, it is therefore very important that they are completed. If there are any issues with tasks set, students are able to access the Art & Photography rooms at lunchtimes where they also have access to computers and a printer as well as specialist equipment and resources.

What can parents do to help?

Remind your child about homework tasks and ensure they have the time and space to give these the correct focus. Encourage them to seek support from the Photography  department at lunchtimes if they need access to IT, further advice or specialist equipment and materials.

Use the Knowledge Organiser to understand what your child is learning.

Take your child to galleries in the local and wider area to build up contextual knowledge about Art and Photography

How we provide for SEN and most able students

SEND students will be supported appropriately by the staff teacher and possibly by a learning coach (where applicable). Teachers will

scaffolding work and model / demonstrate practical skills and techniques.

A wide range of resources are provided to work from depending on skill level.

Teachers / learning coaches may offer 1:1 support with specific practical skills. 

Verbal feedback will be provided for live feedback in lessons.

Opportunities for stretch and challenge tasks presented throughout lessons to ensure students are reaching and exceeding their potential.

Useful resources and equipment

A SD memory card, and card reader are essential.  We do sell these at school, Free to Pupil Premium students.

DSLR will be useful to have but not a necessity as there are cameras at school students can book out.

Access to a laptop/computer will be useful as the photography portfolios are digital and can be accessed online.

Access to photoshop would be useful too.

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Photographer, editing technician, cameraman, forensic photographer, designer/adobe designer, wildlife photographer, travel photographer, lighting engineer.

Year 12 & 13

What are we studying?

Year 12

Shooting and Editing Workshop

Students will be introduced to more advanced shooting and editing methods to build on their skills from GCSE. For those who did not choose photography at GCSE but have joined us at A-Level this will be your opportunity to work through the workshop and gain and in-depth understanding of how to use a DSLR, the studio lights and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. They will research photographers who focus on digital manipulation to develop and refine their editing skills as well as learn new ways to edit and combine images.

Work will be produced digitally as well as physically to ensure an understanding of a wider variety of photography skills.

 

Mock Component1

Students will have to opportunity to choose their own starting point and skills they wish to 

focus on. They will choose which photographers they wish to research and create their own project to support their chosen theme. They will be given a selection of experimental tasks to completed in order to develop a wider range of skills and techniques.  As part of this project students will experience a 5 hour mock exam for which they will plan a mini final piece and work independently on it during the timed, supervised 5 hours.

 

Component 1 Coursework Portfolio Introduction – London Gallery visits spark initial ideas for a personal investigation. 

Year 13

Component 1 Coursework Portfolio – students in negotiation with staff choose a personal start point for their investigations. 

How are we assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the year and is used to inform grades that go home to parents and areas for development. Formal assessment starts in the summer term when students begin their Component 1 studies.

Component 1 Coursework Portfolio 60% of final grade. An essay of 1000-3000 words complete with bibliography must accompany and complement practical explorations and a personal response.

Component 2 Externally set assignment 40% of final grade. Students have several months to prepare and explore before undertaking 15 hours of independent work under exam conditions.

All assessment is against the 4 assessment criteria:

AO1 - Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding

AO2 - Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops

AO3 - Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress

AO4 - Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

What homework are we expected to do?

Homework will be set weekly and should take between 3-5 hours. Tasks will be set on Classcharts and on weekly feedback sheets. They should be completed at home or in free periods but not in study periods, separate tasks are set for completion in these designated times. 

What can parents do to help?

Ensure a quiet place to work and access to IT if possible. This is available within the department if not. Students should be largely independent at this stage but will benefit from extra gallery visits in the local or wider area. Occasionally they may benefit from lifts to take relevant reference photographs to support their projects.

How we provide for SEN and most able students

As the course progresses learning journeys become more individual and so are tailored to meet the needs of individual students. This is intrinsic to the course as a personal outcome is required.

Support in terms of exemplars, access to materials and specialist equipment plus a quiet space to work are available.

Opportunities to stretch and challenge all students are available in the form of working with local community photography projects and competitions. 

Useful resources and equipment

A SD memory card, and card reader are essential.  We do sell these at school, Free to Pupil Premium students.

DSLR will be useful to have but not a necessity as there are cameras at school students can book out.

Access to a laptop/computer will be useful as the photography portfolios are digital and can be accessed online.

Access to photoshop would be useful too.

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Photographer, community artist, ceramicist, illustrator, advertising, architecture, all forms of design e.g. interior, surface pattern, fashion and contour wear.

 

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