Photography

PhE9


GCSE Photography


Introduction:

Students should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of lens-based and light-based media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

They should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to lens-based and light-based media from the past and from recent times, including European and non–European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented, and of the importance of process as well as product.

Students  may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate.

 

Areas of study:

Students should work in one or more areas of lens-based and light-based media such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping and combinations of areas:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape photography (working from the built or natural environment).
  • Still Life photography, (working from natural or manufactured objects).
  • Documentary photography, photo journalism, narrative photography, reportage
  • Fine Art photography, photographic installation
  • Photography involving a moving image, (television, film and animation).
  • New media practice such as computer manipulated photography and photographic projections.

Some areas of study may also be relevant to other endorsements; animation and film methods within Photography: lens-based and light-based media can be used for a variety of purposes and needs dependent on the requirements of the project undertaken.

Students are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in lens-based and light-based media that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study.

Students will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

 

Skills and Techniques:

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of study within the use of photography: lens-based and light-based media as follows:

  • the ability to explore formal elements of visual language; line, form, colour, tone, pattern, texture, in the context of lens-based and light-based media
  • investigating different ways of working as appropriate to their chosen area (s) of study
  • responding to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or working to a design brief
  • showing in their work the use of viewpoint, composition, focus control, depth of field, movement and narrative
  • using appropriate techniques, technologies and equipment for recording images and lighting subjects within their chosen area
  • showing an understanding of the developing, printing, manipulation and production qualities of still and moving images where appropriate
  • understanding the value of working individually and as a member of a team within their chosen area
  • providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.

 

Knowledge and Understanding:

Students must show a knowledge and understanding of:

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed and interpreted in images, artefacts and products in their chosen area(s) of study in Photography: lens-based and light-based media
  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres in relation to Photography: lens-based and light-based media
  • how images, artefacts and products relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts
  • a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society within their chosen area(s) of study in Photography: lens-based and light-based media
  • a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen area(s) of study within Photography: lens-based and light-based media. 

 

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A Level Photography


Introduction:

Students should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They should be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Students should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making process. Their responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.

Students should use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

There is no specific requirement for candidates to demonstrate drawing skills in this endorsement unless they wish to. Students may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

 

Areas of Study:

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

  • portraiture
  • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
  • documentary photography, photo journalism
  • experimental imagery
  • photographic installation, video, television and film.

 

Skills and Techniques:

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Photography. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography
  • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography
  • appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or 'frozen moment'
  • the appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography
  • understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, where appropriate, presentation and layout.

 

 Knowledge and Understanding:

Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of Photography
  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Photography
  • the working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Photography.