Key Stage 3
Year 7 students will follow a thematic cross curricular Create programme across 4 lessons, creating work which will form a collaborative piece for the Year group.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Photography at DCHS
Students opting for GCSE Photography will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of lens based and light based media, techniques and processes including both traditional and new technologies. They will learn how to produce images using Digital SLR cameras and enhance, manipulate and create images using computer software such as Photoshop. The course aims to teach you to explore the world in a creative way, enabling you to apply creative, analytical and critical thinking and problem solving, in order to visually communicate ideas through photography. This awareness can also be employed to any other course that you do. Students will develop critical analyses of artists’ work helping to develop their own ideas through reaction, practical application and written reflections.
This course has a 60% Portfolio weighting and 40% Externally set assignment.
Key Stage 5
A Level Photography
It is anticipated that Students wishing to follow the AQA A Level Photography specification will have followed one of the KS4 creative subjects and achieved at least a level 4/5 at GCSE.
At KS3, students work is assessed through the following core objectives;
Each topic / project will explore different combinations of skill levels and students will build up confidence in using a wide range of mediums which will be recorded through regular feedback within their sketchbooks.
Resources to Support Learning
Pinterest – DCHS Art_Dept Department resource pages
Instagram – dchs_artdept Celebration of students work
Students have access to ICT resources within the Department to support their engagement in class.
Links to Museums, Galleries, Universities and Colleges across the region – visits and workshops throughout the year.
Arts Award – Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold offered by all Arts areas within the Faculty.
Throughout both KS4 and KS5 courses, students are encouraged to develop skills in using relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources. Develop understanding of how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images. Further expand their knowledge of historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres in order to relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created.
Careers in Photography are signposted throughout the KS4/5 curriculum and specific workshops are run at various points in the year to broaden understanding of career progression.
Photography careers are critical to a wide range of industries, and they often require knowledge of modern imaging technology as well as traditional photographic equipment.
Today, there are a multitude of diverse careers in the field, from portrait photography , commercial photography, scientific photography, photojournalism, Film Director / producer, Press Photographer, Magazine Editor, Medical journalist, Forensic Photographer, Animator to name a few.
Mrs R. Brown – Head of Art & Creative Arts Faculty
Mr R. Hay – 2nd in Art & KS3/ Photography Coordinator
Miss J. Hynes
Mrs C. Moorhead