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Art - Photography

Level GCSE
Exam board Edexcel

In this exciting option students explore creative ideas which involve using the camera as well as the computer. Students will learn about shutter speed, depth of field, lighting and composition. 

Photoshop is the key application we use, and students will be expected to learn about visual and graphic design. 

Students will investigate themes such as Text and Image and Portrait and Identity. It is not essential that students have their own digital camera but it will help. As with any of the other art options students will need to demonstrate the process of how to develop and explore their ideas. 

Students considering this option will be required to attend a taster session before handing in their option form. 

All projects are marked on four assessment objectives each are worth 25% of the project mark.

  1. Developing ideas
  2. Experimenting and refining
  3. Recording
  4. Final piece


  • Resources and a PowerPoint sketchbook will be developed throughout Year 10 and Year 11
  • Homework – Students are expected to take photographs in their own time and undertake artist research
  • From September to December of Year 11 students complete a practice timed test
  • Students will hand in approximately 45 hours of work for the coursework which is completed during the course
  • In April of Year 11, students complete a 10 hour test in exam conditions in the classroom. Students use the preparation materials they have developed since January


60% weighting for Coursework

  • Example: Text and Image – a thematic project using Photoshop and cameras

Exam Paper

Unit 2 - Externally set Assignment 40% (thematic)
Students have the period from January to April in the Year 11 to prepare for it.

Post-16 Choices

Typical career paths include: fashion photographer, special effects artist, news/editorial/fashion photographer, film director, and advertising designer.

Staff Contact
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