Digital photography

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Our learning

Department Vision and Priorities

Digital photography is taught at KS4 only and is assessed through AQA.


We study the AQA Art & Design: Photography specification at GCSE. We attempt to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to think creatively and explore the many ways in which photography can re-present reality. GCSE students create a mixture of physical and virtual documentation.



Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media,

techniques and processes. They are made aware of both traditional and new technologies.


Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This is integral to the investigating and making process. The responses to these are shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the students understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.


Students create personal portfolios/ workbooks/ journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Candidates use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.


Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

  • portraiture
  • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
  • documentary photography, photo journalism
  • experimental imagery
  • photographic installation, video, television and film.



Ms Millward

Mr Rose



Skills and Techniques


Students are taught skills in all of the following areas:

  • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography
  • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography
  • appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or 'frozen moment'
  • the appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography
  • understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, where appropriate, presentation and layout.


Knowledge and Understanding

Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of photography
  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to photography
  • the working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of photography.



The Art & Design department undertakes the marking of coursework, through the criteria of the AQA Exam board.



Homework is set every 2 weeks





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