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ART : Photography


Pupils 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 explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to lens-based and light-based media from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to support their work where appropriate.

Areas of study

Candidates will work on one or more areas of lens-based and light-based media such as those
listed below. They may explore overlapping and combinations of areas:


  • Landscape photography (working from the built or natural environment)
  • Still Life photography (working from natural or manufactured objects)
  • Documentary photography, photo journalism, narrative photography, reportage
  • Fine Art photography, photographic installation
  • Photography involving a moving image, (television, film and animation)
  • New media practice such as computer manipulated photography and photographic


Skills and Techniques

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen
area(s) of study within the use of photography: lens-based and light-based media as follows:

  • The ability to explore formal elements of visual language; line, form, colour, tone,
    pattern, texture, in the context of lens-based and light-based media.
  • Investigating different ways of working as appropriate to their chosen area(s) of study
  • Responding to an issue, theme, concept of idea, or working to a design brief
  • Showing in their work the use of viewpoint, composition, focus control, depth of
    field, movement and narrative.
  • Using appropriate techniques, technologies and equipment for recording images
    and lighting subjects within their chosen area
  • Showing an understanding of the developing, printing, manipulation and production
    qualities of still and moving images where appropriate
  • Understanding the value of working individually and as a member of a team within
    their chosen area.
  • Providing evidence of the use of safe practices
  • This course requires pupils to work independently and be self managers, if they are to achieve
    the requirements of GCSE photography.
  • This course can be selected with GCSE ART