Regent College

Photography (Digital) GCSE

Regent College
In Leicester

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Typology GCSE
Location Leicester
Duration 1 Year
  • GCSE
  • Leicester
  • Duration:
    1 Year
Description

Course outline
Unit 1 Coursework 60%
You will be given a practical introduction to a range of processes and study other photographers’ work. You will learn how to handle a digital camera, how to download images and to acquire a solid grasp of computer technique. In your work you will also be taught to pay great attention to detail in your finished work.
Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment 40%
This unit is approached in exactly the same manner as outlined for Unit 1. You will be given a wide choice of starting points by the examination board. Most of the work will be produced in normal lessons, but will be finished in a series of timed sessions.

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Government funding available

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Where and when

Location

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Leicester (Leicestershire)
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Regent Road, LE1 7LW

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On request

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· Requirements

Five grade Ds or 3s at GCSE, including English Language

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What you'll learn on the course

Photographer
Photography Studio
Photography Lighting
Photography Equipment
Design

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Regent College
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Course programme

Course outline
Unit 1 Coursework 60%
You will be given a practical introduction to a range of processes and study other photographers’ work. You will learn how to handle a digital camera, how to download images and to acquire a solid grasp of computer technique. In your work you will also be taught to pay great attention to detail in your finished work.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment 40%
This unit is approached in exactly the same manner as outlined for Unit 1. You will be given a wide choice of starting points by the examination board. Most of the work will be produced in normal lessons, but will be finished in a series of timed sessions.

Teaching styles
For each unit you will be given a brief that you will use as a starting point. The brief is structured to guide you through the assessment objectives. For each unit you are expected to keep a regular journal that contains and records the work you have done, your thinking and your planning. This means that you are encouraged to make your own decisions about the progress of your work. Students are encouraged to help one another and work together on practical aspects of the work.
Emphasis is placed on one to one teaching. You and your teacher will discuss your work regularly using your journal as a basis. As well as this informal assistance, your project work will be marked at intervals and at its conclusion using the exam board’s criteria. You will be given written criticism to help you to understand the criteria and to encourage you to improve your work.

Subject combinations
If you are determined to follow a career in the creative arts you can combine this subject with additional subjects in Visual & Performing Arts such as Art, Graphics, Film Studies, Performance, Dance or Media Studies.
It is equally relevant to combine it with subjects such as Literature, IT and Maths.

Resources and facilities
We have a professional photography studio equipped with industry standard DSLR’s and lighting. You are welcome to use your own camera, although we have a small stock of cameras that students can borrow during lessons. Every student has the use of a computer for every lesson. There is also a still life table top studio facility as well as a A3 colour printer.

Key features
The course and the teaching is structured to encourage you to succeed.
Project briefs show you how to produce work to maximize your marks. This is also behind our journal based approach to your work.
Regular interaction with your teacher in lessons supports and encourages you to maximize your marks.
The marking of your work is to encourage you to maximize your marks.
The aim of the course is to help you to achieve maximum marks by bringing out your ideas and your thinking – we hope that every students work is individual to them.

Progression
Digital Photography is being used in a wide variety of occupations. It is being used to record and convey information in many situations, finding its place in written reports and visual presentations. It is becoming a valuable management tool.
You will find the skills you establish in this subject very useful in many careers. The ability to manage a project from start to finish; the ability to collect and organize information, the ability to generate ideas, the ability to evaluate your own progress and to plan ahead – these are all valuable life skills.
You will be able to progress onto A level courses or employment.

Entry requirements
Five grade Ds or 3s at GCSE, or equivalent, including English Language.

To join this course you need to realise that it is a creative subject and demands imaginative thinking.


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