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Photography at St Martin's School Brentwood

Course description

This course is structured with a strong emphasis on personal enquiry and expression, involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students will be required to develop creative approaches that go beyond observation and recording.

During the first year students will learn about the basic principals of photography. They will learn traditional darkroom techniques as well as digital photography and manipulation. Using this knowledge they will investigate, explore and develop their own visual language demonstrating skilful use of the formal elements, which are line, tone, colour, form, shape, pattern, texture and structure. Students will carry out research and use this to inform the development of their ideas.

The second year of the course incorporates two linked elements:

a) Practical Work b) Personal Study

It is essential that the two units are interlinked. The practical work will provide opportunities for students to pursue their own visual ideas in an area of photography that is of interest to them, building on their knowledge, skills and understanding gained from earlier units. The personal study will be the focus for the contextual analysis, this will be used to inform and inspire the students own creative visual ideas.

During both years of the course students receive information from which they must research and resource their ideas in response to the set theme and aim to build on previous experience to produce their own creative outcomes.

Entry requirements

Photography B or Art B

If not studied Photography/Art previously at GCSE – students must show a creative Photography portfolio to the equivalent standard

Also preferred English Lang/Lit B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin's School Brentwood directly.

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years