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  • Students develop understanding and appreciation of the creative arts in modern culture and history.
  • Students develop subject-specific skills and use technology to express their personal response to a creative stimulus.
  • Students investigate techniques used by artists, photographers and musicians from different times, places and cultures, and present their own work in response to this knowledge.
  • Students are entitled to be inspired by the artform being studied, and challenged to create their best personal response to it.
  • Students develop empathy and respect for others through study of art forms from differing times, places and cultures.
  • Students have the opportunity to showcase their work, for example in performance, exhibition or virtual platforms.
  • Students understand their individual creative journey and where this could lead them at post-sixteen and careers.

This is an endorsed, specialist option which gives students the opportunity to produce practical work in a range of styles including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography and experimental imagery using media technologies and image manipulation.

The course consists of:

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work

This work is internally set and assessed and is 60% of the total GCSE mark. Students will record ideas and all preparatory work in an online digital sketchbook which is available to purchase from the college. The College will provide cameras and tripods for students to use. They can also be loaned out to students by arrangement with the department technician. It would be useful for students to buy their own SD cards and these can also be purchased through the College.

Unit 2: Externally-Set Task

Students respond to their chosen starting point to produce a personal response. They will have unlimited preparation time followed by 10 hours under examination conditions. This unit makes up 40% of the final mark.