The difference between art and Photography is that Photography allows exploration of photographic materials and techniques. Skills and techniques such as composition and lighting are developed through workshops and experimentation with themes and ideas. As in Art & Design, students in Photography work towards a final piece. The drawing side is still required to show and enhance ideas and to show progression throughout the sketchbook. Along with producing work in the traditional sketchbook style format, students also have the opportunity to produce and present photographic ideas and work in the form of a Blog.
What kind of pupil would this course suit? The course requires students to develop the ability to research, plan carefully, and work independently on developing photographic ideas resulting with an end photographic/film based product. The ability to research and pursue ideas fully and in greater detail will be a big advantage.
In Photography students also have to complete 2 components which exist of coursework and exam.
Component 1 requires the pupil to produce work based on a theme, starting point or brief set by the school. (60%)
Component 2 is the set task from the exam board which requires pupils to choose a starting point from a list and prepare work over a number of weeks, resulting in a final idea which will be done within 10 hours set exam time. (40%)