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"It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” (Paul Caponigro)

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” (Elliott Erwitt)



The Department's aims are:

  • To create a structured atmosphere where all students work to their full potential.
  • To encourage creative thinking, self expression, independence and problem solving.
  • To develop key technical skills in using s DSLR camera and related equipment to achieve the highest levels of attainment.
  • To understand the contribution of the Photographer, Artist and the Designer


The Photography Department understands that many students will start with only a very basic understanding of Photography, Art or Design. In the first term students are taught the basic principles of Art and Design theory, which underpins their technical and contextual understanding of Photography.

We provide a solid base for students to develop their knowledge, confidence and a desire to produce works of quality. Making connections and expressing ideas is key to developing students who are independent thinkers and have a real passion for Photography. To achieve these objectives, technical competence is required in a range of photographic techniques such as use of a DSLR camera manually, appropriate use of a range of lenses, applying lighting, creating large shoots with a back drop, as well as mini studio, location shoots, post production skills using Photoshop, critical and contextual analysis.

As the course progresses, students work under a variety of genres in Photography such as portraiture, macro, abstract, landscape, street, documentary, capturing movement etc continually refining technical skills, time management and portfolio development.

The Photography Department has a suite of computers at its disposal and a system to loan equipment such as cameras, tripods and lenses. A broad range of genres and technical skills are taught and the Photography department is a great place to refine your discipline and develop your skills.

There is usually one group that studies this subject for nine one-hour periods over a two week timetable. They follow a scheme of work reflecting the requirements of the OCR syllabus.

Year 12 is used as a skill building and exploration year and an opportunity to truly refine skills and develop confidence in a range of techniques. Students visit galleries and improve contextual understanding and develop independent thinking, become familiar with the exam criteria so that students feel prepared for A-level in Year 13. At the end of Year 12 students choose their major theme and begin working towards their coursework project. 


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