The Art Department offers a broad and inclusive curriculum aimed at ensuring all students gain a comprehensive grounding in the themes, concepts and disciplines present in contemporary and traditional Art, Craft and Design including Photography and lens based media. Artwork is continually exhibited around the school and as such gives students the experience of having work displayed publically.
Photography has proven a a popular subject choice at GCSE and encourages students to develop their own photographic work independently. The Art Department follows the AQA Photography specification allowing students to produce a portfolio of work containing at least two extended pieces of coursework. Everything produced from the beginning of Year 9 is considered coursework and is worth 60% of the overall GCSE. The final externally set exam is worth the remaining 40%. Students will have five lessons in every two week cycle and will cover the following themes:
Key Skills and Techniques (composition, camera control, exposure, lighting, formal elements, Photoshop editing)
The World Around Us (Landscape, interior photography, street photography, location photography, architecture)
Portraits (Studio photography, stage setting, digital manipulation)
Externally Set Task
While specific homeworks will be occasionally set, the majority of homework will be to complete work begun in class for a set deadline.
Mr G Jackson - Subject Leader for Art and Photgraphy