The Photography Curriculum
The Photography curriculum is designed to provide all learners with the knowledge and competencies needed to be creative, independent and with an ability to articulate their learning. The curriculum has been planned and sequenced to allow learners to be challenged, knowing more and remembering more by revisiting tasks through each key stage. Schemes of work have been developed that fully utilise drawing, ICT and digital photographic skills, developing students’ understanding of photographers’ roles throughout history, culture and the wealth of the nation. Ultimately, the knowledge and competencies learnt throughout each key stage will equip students for future learning and employment.
Details about the curriculum structure
The curriculum is planned and sequenced so that knowledge and competencies are continually revisited and improved upon. Learners develop the ability to navigate through each key stage and make progress in order to fully equip them for Post-16 education and their future employment choices.
What will students study?
Key Stage 3
Students study the work of French contemporary photographer Sophie Calle and relate her work to their own lives through subjects such personal emotions and philosophy. Learners produce pieces of extended writing, learn about Microsoft and Adobe software, typography, composition and using an SLR camera.
Students study the work of 20th century photographer Ansel Adams to understand how our environment and conservation can be used to inspire photographic work. Learners produce pieces of extended writing, use Microsoft and Adobe software, learn about abstraction, composition and how to use an SLR camera.
Students will develop the knowledge of how a variety of historic and contemporary photographers communicate their ideas through text and imagery. Learners will use Microsoft and Adobe software, digital photography and traditional art media to record ideas and develop personal responses.
Key Stage 4
Students produce pieces of extended writing and further develop their proficiency when using a variety of photographic and traditional artistic techniques. The photographs that are produced could be used to relay a message, inform an audience or for commercial purposes. Students create pieces of extended writing and further develop their proficiency when using a variety of photographic and digital techniques. Learners use the work of a variety of historic and contemporary photographers to develop their own ideas, refine work, record ideas and produce personal and meaningful outcomes.
Learners complete their portfolio of work, before embarking upon their externally set assignment in the January of their final Key Stage 4 year.
Key Stage 5
The Photography course involves learners embarking upon a personal investigation, deciding upon their own starting points to create innovative pieces of photographic work, using traditional and digital media. The work that is produced can be one off pieces of art or have a commercial purpose.
The first term continues the themes from Year 12. Learners then embark upon their externally set assignment in the February of their final Key Stage 5 year.
Qualifications which we offer at KS4 and KS5
Key Stage 4
AQA GCSE Art and Design (Photography – 8206)
Key Stage 5
Edexcel A Level Art and Design (Photography – 9PY0)
Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities in the subject
The Art Department runs off-site trips to venues such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Beckett Arts University Faculty, Hepworth Art Gallery and various Post-18 providers in creative degree courses. We also offer after-school clubs to all year groups and support sessions for Y11 and Y13.
Where could this subject ultimately take you?
An A Level in Photography could help you to pursue a career in areas such as: photojournalism; freelance photography; studio photography; commercial advertising; fashion photography; sports photography; TV or film camera operation; as an RAF photographer; forensic photographer; videographer; stills photographer; photo retoucher; video editor; and VFX artist.
Links to other sites which support study in our subject
Contact details to find out more about our curriculum
Mr P Cashon, Programme Leader: email@example.com