Photography has been used by practitioners to record, document and present examples of everyday life, in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. It has also been used as the vehicle for artistic expression, communicating personal ideas about the world around us. It is used to convey personal identity more widely than any other art form. The development of affordable lens-based technology has changed the way that both professionals and the public use photography. Photography includes work in film, video, digital imaging and light-sensitive materials. Sometimes specific techniques and processes are used to convey messages and create works related to other disciplines, such as web-based animations, photographic images in printed journals, and light projections within theatrical or architectural spaces. The word photography could be taken to mean ‘a graphic representation with light’. In this way a photograph can take on the qualities of a drawing. In the context of this endorsed title, drawing forms an essential element of both development and final product. A camera can record the observed world but is not able on its own to explore ideas. You must reflect on, refine and apply the observations you make with a camera, and determine which tools or techniques are most appropriate in your exploration of ideas. Drawing methods such as pen or pencil on paper may enhance your development and understanding of photographic ideas, for example to plan shots, analyse and deconstruct your own imagery, or record ways in which practitioners have used formal elements and visual language. You will use a variety of tools and materials, as appropriate, for recording your surroundings and source materials. For the purposes of this qualification, photography is sub-divided into the following three disciplines: Film-based photography • Digital photography • Film and video You will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate your ideas. By working across disciplines, you will extend your understanding of the scope of Photography, by focusing on one discipline.
The course is portfolio based and each unit is given a weighting of 25%. At the start of year one you will receive an assignment brief detailing the tasks and criteria to be met. At the end of each portfolio of work you will receive a mark with written feedback detailing how to progress to the next grade. At the end of year two you will receive an externally set assignment. Part of these assignments will be taken under examination conditions in a 15 hour exam.
GCSE grade 5 or above, BTEC First Diploma, Distinction or above, in a related Art and Design subject, or submission of portfolio of work.