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Teacher in charge of subject

  • Mrs V McMahon


Subject Teacher

  • Miss C Reid


Key Stage 4/5 Overview

Photography: Lens based and light based media (Art and Design)


Candidates 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.

Candidates 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.

Candidates 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.

Candidates 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.

Candidates may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

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Areas of Study

Candidates 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.

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Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Section 3.5 of this specification, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Photography. Candidates 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

Candidates 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.

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