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Digital Photography is a way of visually recording, documenting and presenting both the ordinary and extraordinary. It is explored as an art, but also as a practice in many different forms. It is often considered an art form, an aspect of self-expressionism, a journalistic process or even an aspect of visual culture. This is a practical subject, combined with in-depth photographic theory and art history.
Over the course of two years, you will complete four units of coursework. There will be an exploratory unit each year, where you will extend your photographic ability and techniques, digital editing skills, using state-of-the-art software, creative sketchbook development, mixed media techniques and evidence of a high level of critical understanding.
There will be a themed body of coursework. The research, development and experimentation during this time will lead to a timed examination at the end of the year. As a department we promote individual creativity in a supportive and diverse environment.
Many of our students progress onto university to study degrees within a variety of fields, including Photography, Art & Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Animation, Film, Journalism, Advertising, Graphics, Cinematography, Fashion, Marketing and Visual Communication. You will be given advice regarding valuable work experience, which is often an attractive attribute to university admissions and employers.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in GCSE Art or Photography. If you have not taken GCSE Art, we will send out a mini portfolio task for you to complete after you have finished all of your GCSEs in June.
For the last 4 years, students have won the College Prize in the Digital Category of the Harman Technology Photography competition, with students also making it through to the final judging panel each year.
Film Studies, Media Studies, English and Graphic Communications.