Art and Design: Photography

Aims of the Course

The aim of this GCSE Art course is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to explore and create exciting artwork through a series of photographic assignments.

You will learn how to express yourself creatively using traditional and new media to produce outcomes such as documentary work, photojournalism, experimental imagery, photomontage, digital images, animation and video.

There are two units in this course:

  • Art and Design Portfolio 60%
  • Art and Design OCR-Set Task 40%


The Portfolio is 60% of the final mark and during the course of this unit you will have the opportunity to cover: darkroom skills, using cameras, exposure and lighting techniques and digital manipulation of images using Photoshop.  You will learn about genres such as documentary, landscape and portrait photography and hopefully you will develop your own unique photographic style. The first assignments will be teacher led but increasingly you will explore your own ideas as the course progresses.

Set Task

There will be a ten hour, two day examination at the end of the course.  During the two days you will complete a final photographic composition based on an externally set list of starting points.  The starting points will be issued to you several weeks in advance, giving you time for thorough preparation.

This subject would suit students who

This subject might not be right for students who

  • Can work independently and take risks
  • Love taking photographs
  • Engage in creative activities at home
  • Enjoy looking at artwork
  • Feel confident about their photographic skills
  • Are reluctant to explore creative ideas
  • Don’t create artwork in their spare time
  • Don’t enjoy artistic experiences
  • Don’t feel confident about their photo skills

The skills developed in Photography are valuable in many ways. Colleges, universities and employers will value the confidence, creativity, technical skills and problem solving abilities that you will acquire as you progress through this course.

Any questions?  See MR J McLARNON