Photography at Calder High School
Learning at AS
During AS you have been introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. This included the use of digital camera’s and how various parameters (shutter speed, aperture etc) can be adjusted to create a desired outcome. Through various presentations, focused assignments and practical sessions (studio based photography) you have built up a secure knowledge in the fundamentals of photography.
The assignments produced at AS include:
1. Still Life
4. Urban Landscape
5. Personal Project
You have been made aware of new technologies and how digital editing can be used to enhance, improve or create a desired outcome. Thorough focused exercises you have learnt how to optimise a digital image and how tone, contrast and colour can be manipulated to change the mood of an image. Some of the techniques and tools you have used at AS include:
2. Brightness & contrast
4. Hue & Saturation
5. Selective colour
6. Colour Adjustments
8. Mirror Images
10. Beauty retouching
11. Dodging & burning
12. Blending modes
13. Opaque and translucent layers
14. Typography and the type tool
Through your personal project you have explored relevant images and resources relating to Photography from the past and from recent times. You have learnt how to critically analyse an image and interpret its messages and meanings. You have been introduced to specialist vocabulary and used this subject specific language to perceptively discuss your work and the work of others.
Learning at A2
During the A2 course you are required to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in AS with greater depth, exploration and study. This might be achieved by, for example:
Greater specialisation in a particular medium or process (advanced studio lighting techniques & photography)
Extended development of particular themes, ideas, concepts or issues.
Further theoretical research.
More rigorous exploration of an inter-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary approach.
Some of the photographic processes you will be involved in at A2 include:
Film photography & Dark room processing
Painting with light and long exposures
Multiple exposure photography
Auto Exposure bracketing
Advanced studio 3, 4 and 5 point lighting with modifiers
Scene setting, location props and lighting
Some of the digital editing and software application techniques you will learn include:
High Dynamic Range Editing and Tone Mapping
Advanced Painting with Light using curves adjustment layers & masks
Creating and using displacement maps and fragmentation tools
Advanced Image compositing using multiple layers & blending modes
Vector graphics production and integration using Illustrator
Creative presentation techniques
Slideshow production, transition creation, title/credits generation, music selection & application
Stop frame photography
Short film production and integration
Some of the external trips/visits/ practical sessions you will be involved include:
Location based photography: Industrialised Environment
Location based photography: Natural Environment
Unit 1 (30%) Coursework Portfolio - Producing practical photo-digital artwork using Photoshop CS based software and related photographic packages. A range of digital cameras and lighting equipment will be used in relation to a theme. This unit of work is divided into mini assessment tasks that build to create a major portfolio of work.
Unit 2 (20%) Controlled assignment - (Exam: 5 hrs); Candidates select one starting point from an externally set question paper and are guided towards a final design using the skills they have acquired through completion of unit 1 tasks.
Unit 3 (30%): Personal investigation - Practical photo-digital art work related to a specific theme chosen by the student. Backed up with a written piece of work of between 1000 and 3000 words that relates to the personal investigation through an in depth study of a photographer/s who have inspired own work.
Unit 4 (20%): Controlled assignment - (Exam 15 hrs); Candidates select one starting point from question paper.
All units are internally assessed throughout the course and externally moderated at the end of the course. Students will be expected to complete a wide range of independent learning tasks and meet all deadlines set
A GCSE C grade or above in an Art related subject, or a Merit or above in a BTEC art related subject.
Have creative and imaginative skills.
Access to their own digital camera – student will be advised on the best camera to purchase when starting the course.
Foundation/Degree courses in Art/Photography related subjects
Fashion/ sports photography
Documentary/ reportage for newspaper/magazines.
Product based photography
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Calder High School directly.