Photography is an exciting subject where students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques, and processes. The course is for students who enjoy creative expression and detailed image analysis, incorporating historical and contemporary references. Photography is a practical course which will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the subject in a wide variety of contexts. Using school facilities there are opportunities to be able to enjoy the whole process of photography from initial shooting through to the final development in the dark room and on the computer using Photoshop. The first stages are concerned with learning how to operate a camera, control exposure, and understand lighting techniques. Following this students will develop an ability to translate ideas into photographic images by appropriate choices of camera controls, subject matter, viewpoints, and media. By studying Photography you will extend your skills in, black and white, 35mm film processing and printing, darkroom techniques, digital photography, Photoshop image manipulation and studio lighting practice. You will also learn about different types of cameras such as pin-hole photography, digital SLR and 35mm cameras. Manual settings will be explored as well as the history and theory of photography. Throughout the course you will study how to analyse and replicate famous photographers work and techniques, come to understand the importance of viewpoints, composition, depth of field and movement, as well as explore and practice technical skills relating to lighting, lenses, filters, and the developing and printing of 35mm film. The first year of the course concentrates on the development of skills through a variety of projects and workshop sessions. The second year of study enables students to develop their own assignment at A Level appropriate to advanced level studies and will enable areas of interest to be explored in-depth. Throughout the course, you will learn how to work independently and creatively to develop an individual style. You will produce practical and critical/contextual work in a variety of areas including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, and reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, and experimental imagery. Photography has the potential to enable you to make a personal response to your own individual experiences, environment, and culture. On a wider theme the subject will enhance your understanding and provide a practical experience of the role, purpose, and function of Photography in society.
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Photography and an interview with a portfolio of work. In schools where GCSE Photography is not available, students need to achieve a grade 6 in their creative subject and attend an interview with a portfolio of work.
This course can be studied as part of the Valley Park Curriculum offer where students within the Valley Invicta Academy trust may avail of courses on offer in our partner schools across the trust.