Photography

Photography     KS4     Assessment


Year 10
(Modules, Topics)
AutumnSpringSummer
Introduction to photographic practice.

Pupils will learn how to use different camera and editing equipment. They will be immersed in technical language and experience various photographic techniques to improve their practice. They will also be taught how to research a topic and create a professional body of work to take them beyond GCSE and into higher education.

All pupils will expected to produce photographs independently throughout the two year course. Cameras are available to borrow and take home for up to 3 days. It is recommended that pupils will eventually have or purchase a fairly basic camera in order to ensure they can get their work completed on time.

Aims of the course:
Production of sets of images through experimentation, evaluated/related to artists.

Produce a formal portfolio of work in preparation for job/college interview.

Set up of an on-line portfolio to engage pupils with ‘networking’ capabilities.
First Project: ‘Movement

Theory
Pupils will do research with notes into artists & practice under the title ‘Movement’

Sub-topics include:
Fast & Slow Shutter Speed, Hockney Joiners, Multiplicity, 3D Photography, Double Exposure, ‘Flying’ Photography & Painting with Light.

Artists & Photography research will cover the history of photography, Various genres, specific contemporary artists such as David Hockney, Michael Bosanko and female photographers like, Yowayowa.


Practice
To produce a large body of work depicting the theme of ‘Movement’ using a still camera.
Pupils will work in the specially built studio and learn how to use appropriate lighting, Studio safety and exposure techniques as well as various camera settings.
We will also be using new phone apps to produce and edit work.
Continuation: ‘Movement’

This is a broad topic using many different techniques designed to make students comfortable and ‘fluent’ in the use of equipment. It therefore carries on into the summer term.

Towards the end of the summer term we will be working on a professional on-line portfolio to engage pupils with ‘networking’ capabilities.

Skills: Critical thinking and enquiry. Camera Work. Editing. ICT. Independent practical work.
Literacy: Throughout topic in the form of research tasks
Numeracy: Through use of F-stop numbers and focal lengths
ICT: Frequent use of PowerPoint, PhotoShop, Word Processing & internet research for individuals throughout topic. Various Phone apps are used to produce and share images.

Year 11
(Modules, Topics)
AutumnSpringSummer
Second Project: ‘Documentary Photography’

Pupils are to learn 'visual literacy'. They familiarize themselves with conceptual, social and historical forms of documentary photography. Historical and contemporary photographers are studied and findings are presented in a portfolio of work.
This is very much a self-driven project. Independent research, presentation and practical work is necessary. Pupils are actively encouraged to take photographs in their own time and will independent work to do.
An understanding of the editing process begins in earnest, Linking images for presentation and understanding the ethics of presenting ones findings will be an important part of this module.

Photographers Studied Include:
Richard Billingham, Lee Friedlander, Martin Parr, Gary Austin,
And LOCAL documentary photographers such as:
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Paul Alexander Knox,
Richard Stout, Karen Ward
Continued: ‘Documentary Photography’

Skills: Critical thinking and enquiry. Ethics. Camera Work. Editing. ICT. Independent practical work.
Literacy: Throughout topic in the form of research tasks
Numeracy: Through use of F-stop numbers and focal lengths
ICT: Frequent use of PowerPoint, Photoshop, Word Processing & internet research for individuals throughout topic. Various Phone apps are used to produce and share images.
Homework: Research, Production of independently taken images
Pupils are encouraged to contact current documentary photographers using internet facilities and include findings in their research.


From Mid-February onwards, Pupils will be given their exam papers. They will be required to create another ‘project-based’ body of work using the skills they have acquired throughout the course. A range of questions is set by the exam board, giving pupils a choice of 6 or 7 questions.
Third Project: Completion of Externally set Exam

The exam prep time is approximately 2 months long and will require students to work independently (and sometimes in their own time). This will culminate in a ten hour final images exam and evaluation under exam conditions.

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