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“I taught in several schools and I was only blessed with sons but I firmly believe that if I had a daughter I would want her to go to this school because I am aware at first hand of the dedication of all of its staff to the care and education of the girls. This school does realise that it is precious cargo that it carries.” A former teacher


This is an exciting new GCSE course at Beverley High School where pupils will be introduced to traditional methods of photography (eg. pinhole cameras) and new technology via digital cameras and computer programmes. Candidates will learn how to use appropriate technologies, backdrops and props to create an interesting and unique image. They will study various artists to inspire and evoke ideas to feed into their own work. They will be looking and examining artefacts, sculptures, paintings, photographs and film from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Responses to these examples will be shown through practical work and artists studies which demonstrate the pupils' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. A sketchbook/workbook/journal will be a vital tool to demonstrate ideas and understanding.
The work will be indoor and outdoor based and will involve experimenting with Photoshop CS3 to manipulate photographs. Photographs can also be manipulated using a variety of 2D media including paint, pastels, ink etc along with creating installations and 3D work. Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape, Close ups and Moving Image are examples of possible course content.

Skills Required

Pupils must have an understanding of how to use line, form, colour, tone, pattern and texture effectively. They will need to have enthusiasm and passion for Art and enjoy examining artists of all kinds. Pupils will need to work to a brief and be able to record, develop and refine ideas, either as part of a team or individually. They should have shown a great interest in their art lessons and be prepared to complete work at home. Pupils will need to clearly show determination and motivation to improve their work and strive to make their work better through teacher guidance and artist influence.

Knowledge and Understanding

Throughout the course pupils will demonstrate knowledge of how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed and interpreted in artwork. They will have an understanding of how images have changed through time and how the changes have affected many groups of people and countries. Pupils will have a strong knowledge of how to take a dramatic photograph using lighting, backgrounds and props along with manipulation of their images.


Assessment 1 (Candidate Portfolio) (60%) 120 marks Internally set and developed from two given briefs, one brief in Year 10 and one in Year 11. Requires evidence of how the candidate has met each of the assessment objectives.

Assessment 2 (Externally set brief) (40%) 80 marks Exam based work. Requires evidence of how the candidate has met each of the assessment objectives.

So if you fancy yourself as a budding Photographer and have a passion for the Arts then this is the course for you!


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