The course is divided into two sections:
- The Portfolio (60%) which consists of a Foundation unit – where pupils are introduced to a range of techniques including Film processing, History of Photography, animation, and the Digital Camera; A 45 hour study on a theme chosen by the school; and a (30 hour) personal study on a theme chosen by the pupil
- The Externally Set Task (40%) – which consists of a topic chosen by the Examining Board and a 10 hour supervised period of study
The course is designed to develop the understanding that photography is an art form with a focus on developing images in an experimental and creative way. Using SLR film cameras you will take, process and develop your own images. You will also learn how to work with digital cameras and how to manipulate images using computer software packages.
This is an excellent course if you are considering a career in the Photographic, animation and media industries. You will develop a range of skills in the subject and work towards specialising in the skills and techniques that suit you best. During the course you will have the opportunity to visit art Galleries and various other trips to support your learning.
Pupils are expected to complete a minimum of 2 hours Extended Learning throughout the week. This can be in the form of catch up tasks, research, development and improvement tasks.