‘Motivate, inspire, create’
The Creative Design Faculty aims to motivate and inspire our students through providing a high quality, inclusive education for all. It is our mission to champion the value of creativity and expression to ensure our students develop into proactive citizens that have a voice in society.
We provide opportunities for our students to:
Explore media, techniques and processes
Create innovative ideas
See a journey through from concept to realisation
Take creative risks
Learn life skills
Critically think and develop opinions
Engage in professional practise
Key Stage 4
At GCSE level we teach the AQA Photography endorsed course, which is a broad-based course, developing new knowledge, skills and understanding for all Photography students. Students will study their GCSE option over two years for three periods a week.
You will explore four or five areas of study during the course which are:
- location photography
- studio photography
- experimental imagery
- documentary photography
- moving image: film, video and animation
- fashion photography.
The course is split into two units –
Component 1 – Portfolio of work 60%
Students will develop a portfolio of work which includes:
§ A sustained project in response to a starting point or project brief – this must include evidence of research, the development of ideas and meaningful links with critical / contextual sources
§ A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments, skills-based workshops, mini and/ or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and any evidence of the student’s specific role in group work undertaken.
Component 2 – Externally set task 40%
Externally set assignment including 10 hours of supervised time. This unit follows the same process as the coursework units; research, artist inspired photos, Photo-shoots, initial ideas, development of ideas, Photoshop development, continual reflection through annotation and then the 10 hours is used to create a final piece of art.
All units of work are marked under four assessment objects – development, experimentation, recording ideas and presenting a final piece.
Mrs Richardson – Head of Department (Art and Photography teacher)
Mr Phillips – Photography Teacher (Assistant Principal)