Photography

Course Overview: Photography

Photography is a brand new course on offer here at Cardinal Allen and the curriculum has been created in mind for our students.  Themes include surrounding natural forms, locality and Identity.

 Students will have the opportunity to learn photographic and editing techniques and explore topics which showcase newly acquired skills!  All work produced responds to the four key Assessment Objectives. 


Year 9

Half Term 1

Term 1:Natural Forms: Techniques – themes will include ; line, shape, colour, natural forms, seascapes utllising themes such as looking through, lines, my locality, repetition, textures.

Students will build on their portfolio of images created during the educational visit to Williamson Park and the work produced during the Summer set tasks.

Students will be introduced to key photography techniques and will explore functions on their digital cameras.  Students will use digital photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example: viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, movement and enlargement.

Students will annotate their work.

Students will analyse and write about the work of O Keeffe and Graham Owen making clear inspirational links.

Half Term 2

Term 1:Natural Forms: Techniques – themes will include ; line, shape, colour, contrast of shells, seedpods, natural forms.

Students will continue to build on their portfolio of images created during the educational visit to Williamson Park and the work produced during the Summer set tasks.

Students will be introduced to key photography techniques and will explore all of the functions on their digital cameras.  Students will use digital photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example: viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, movement and enlargement.

Students will develop themes such as reflections, black and white and zooming in.

Students will annotate and analyse their own work.

Half Term 3

Term 2: Natural Forms:

Students will continue to study photographers and painters and analyse their work, producing work of a similar theme. (E.g. Morris) – flowers/ leaves textures in nature magnifying/macro

Students will also use editing facilities – altering colour, smoothing/adding texture/removing background etc.

Students will self-reflect, annotating and analysing progress.

Half Term 4

Term 2: Natural Forms:

Students will continue to study photographers and painters and analyse their work, producing work of a similar theme. (E.g. Morris) – flowers/ leaves textures in nature magnifying/macro.  Students will also use editing facilities – altering colour, smoothing/adding texture/removing background etc.

Students will further develop their edited work by printing onto fabric/paper surfaces with an opportunity to apply further layers and textures through other media.

Students will self-reflect; annotating and analysing their work and progress,

Half Term 5

Term 3: Natural Forms: students will display their work accordingly eg installation, sculpture, framed, canvas.

Students will develop their (AO4) response to the theme, working in their strongest area.

Students will annotate and evaluate their work project.

Half Term 6

Term 3 – Identity:

Students are introduced to the sustained project Identity.  Students will utilise skills acquired in Term 1 and will produce images in response to the theme.  This may include; Portraiture, Religion, Locality and Interests.

Year 10

Half Term 1

Term 1: Cohort 2019-2021

Term 1:Natural Forms: Techniques – Line, shape, colour, contrast

Students will build on their portfolio of images created during the educational visit to Williamson Park and the work produced during the Summer set tasks.

Students will be introduced to key photography techniques and will explore all of the functions on their digital cameras.  Students will use digital photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example: viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, movement and enlargement.

Half Term 2

Term 1:

Term 1:Natural Forms: Techniques

Students will continue to build on their portfolio of images created during the educational visit to Williamson Park and the work produced during the Summer set tasks.

Students will be introduced to key photography techniques and will explore all of the functions on their digital cameras.  Students will use digital photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example: viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, movement and enlargement.

Half Term 3

Term 2: Identity

Students will be introduced to the extended project ‘Identity’. Students will create an eye catching title page based on this theme. Students will create a mind map of ideas thinking about all the different things that they could base their work on (places, people, objects etc.)

Students will analyse two different Portraiture/Identity themed artworks. They will choose artists/ photographers whose style/ theme they can emulate/ be inspired by.  Students will compare the work of the artists/ photographers they have chosen.

Students will utilise the broad theme of Identity and may choose to look at local photographers such and be inspired by the positives around them.  Students may also focus on deprivation and teenage issues e.g. appearance, mental health, job opportunities.

Students will document what they have done and set personal targets on their task sheet as work progresses. Students will self and peer assess at regular intervals, along with teacher assessment.  Student will act on feedback given

Half Term 4

Term 2:Identity

Students will plan and execute two different photoshoots, inspired by each of their artists/ photographers. Students will plan their photoshoots using drawing and annotation.

Chosen/best images with be annotated along with compositional sketches and clear links to artist’s work will be made.

Students will experiment with a variety of different editing techniques to alter and transform their images.

Students will document what they have done and set personal targets on their task sheet as work progresses. Students will self and peer assess at regular intervals, along with teacher assessment.  Student will act on feedback given.

Half Term 5

Term 3: Identity

Students will plan and complete their third photoshoot inspired by both their artists/ photographers combined. Students will experiment with a range of different editing techniques to alter and transform their images.

Chosen/best images with be annotated along with compositional sketches and clear links to artist’s work will be made.

Students will study at least one additional artist or photographer who physically alters/ transforms their photographs (water, paint, collage etc.). Using this artist as inspiration students will physically alter and transform a range of their own images.

Students will document what they have done and set personal targets on their task sheet as work progresses. Students will self and peer assess at regular intervals, along with teacher assessment.  Student will act on feedback given.

Students will document what they have done and set personal targets on their task sheet as work progresses. Students will self and peer assess at regular intervals, along with teacher assessment. Student will act on feedback given.

Half Term 6

Term 3: Identity

Cyanotypes - Students will create some cyanotype prints related to the theme of their chosen Identity project. This type of image making requires an extended period of sunlight.

Students will produce a final outcome(s) in response to AO4.  This piece will link directly to their best photographic technique(s). Students will mount/ display their best work created during this project. Students will evaluate the work that they have created, detailing their journey and how their artists/ photographers have inspired all the work they have created.

Students will take part in a workshop at B&FC. Students will prepare work before the workshop. Work created will be additional portfolio work related to their chosen theme/ topic.

Year 11

Half Term 1

Term 1: Portfolio - Students will develop their sustained project of work: Identity. Students will ensure all feedback has been acted on in order to attain their optimum grade.

Students may produce additional work to further secure grade.

Half Term 2

Term 1: Portfolio - Students will develop their sustained project of work: Identity. Students will ensure all feedback has been acted on in order to attain their optimum grade.

Students may produce additional work to further secure grade.

Half Term 3

Term 2: Component 2: Externally set assignment

The externally set assignment will be available to students and teachers from 2nd January. Students will receive an exam paper with seven different starting points. Students must select one starting point from which to produce their creative response.The preparation period begins in January totalling approximately 15 weeks of prep time.  This is followed by 10 hours of supervised unaided work in which students are required to realise their intentions. Students must not undertake any further preparatory studies once the first period of supervised time starts.

Half Term 4

Term 2: Component 2: Externally set assignment

The externally set assignment will be available to students and teachers from 2nd January. Students will receive an exam paper with seven different starting points. Students must select one starting point from which to produce their creative response.The preparation period begins in January totalling approximately 15 weeks of prep time.  This is followed by 10 hours of supervised unaided work in which students are required to realise their intentions. Students must not undertake any further preparatory studies once the first period of supervised time starts.


Course Components

Component 1: Portfolio (60% of Total GCSE): Students will produce a portfolio of work, which will compromise of photographic experimentations/processes/techniques, including viewpoint, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, movement and enlargement, based on the theme “flowers and plants/Natural Forms”. Students will document their journey, including artistic influences and analysis of work.  This work will contribute to all 4 of the Assessment Objectives.

 Students will then produce a sustained project based on the theme of %APOSTROPHE%Identity%APOSTROPHE%, which will comprise of a series of studies/photographs using a variety of techniques/media including editing, leading up to final outcomes of portraiture work or work in response to the theme “Identity”.  Students will create a portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives.

The course will contain a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.  All work will be annotated and the work of artists and photographers documented and analysed.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of Total GCSE)

The externally set assignment will be available to students and teachers from 2nd January. Students will receive an exam paper with seven different starting points. Students must select one starting point from which to produce their creative response.

The preparation period begins in January totalling approximately 15 weeks of prep time.  This is followed by 10 hours of supervised unaided work in which students are required to realise their intentions. Students must not undertake any further preparatory studies once the first period of supervised time starts.

Course Information

Course Name: PHOTOGRAPHY
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: AQA
Specification code: 8206

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After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities.  Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary.  Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

Wednesday - Knit and Natter Club after school

Wednesday - KS4 catch up after school

Thursday - Themed workshops eg Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, Positive Affirmations - during lunch

Thursday - KS3 Art Club after school