Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 14 PHOTOGRAPHY - ART & DESIGN Leader of Learning: Mr D Questa A Level - PHOTOGRAPHY This is a 2 year A Level course where students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes.They will be made aware of and gain experience of using both traditional and new technologies. Throughout the course, students will be required to demonstrate skills in the following: • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography • an awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of Photography • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography • an appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement • appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area(s) of Photography • an understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout • the use of vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Photography Year 12 Component 1 Introductory Project / Portfolio Candidates produce a portfolio of work based upon a theme set by the department. They will expand their knowledge of both traditional film and darkroom development as well as digital imaging, acquiring a technical and creative understanding.Work should also include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical / contextual materials. Method of Assessment Set and marked by the centre.This first unit forms an introduction to the A Level course where students develop their skills, experiment with processes and develop ideas. Year 13 Component 1 Personal Investigation Candidates are required to conduct a practical investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material.The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or series of outcomes. It will be supported by written material documenting the student’s research into their chosen theme and to relevant contextual sources such as the work of other artists. (1000 – 3000 words) Method of Assessment All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole in line with AQA assessment criteria. Set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre. Coursework: 96 marks;Weighting 60% of total A Level marks. Component 2 Externally Set Assignment For this unit students select one question from a range of starting points set by AQA. They have a preparatory period to plan and prepare their response. Preparatory period from 1st February. Supervised time - 15 hours In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or outcomes informed by the preparatory work. All work must be submitted at the end of the controlled assessment time. Method of Assessment All the work for this unit will be marked as a whole in line with AQA assessment criteria. Set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by a visit to the centre. Externally Set Assignment: 96 marks;Weighting 40% of total A Level marks.

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