OCR GCSE Art & Design Lens & Light Based Media (Photography) J173
AO1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
AO2 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
Course Overview Photography is defined here as the practice of creating durable static or moving images by recording light with light-sensitive materials such as photographic film or digitally by means of an image sensor. Learners must explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the application of traditional and or digital techniques and processes specific to their chosen area(s) of study of Photography. Learners must explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary photographers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of photography as appropriate to their own work.
Course Objectives Learners must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through area(s) of study relevant to Photography. - Candidates to produce a series of photographs using a variety of photographic techniques. Supporting photographic studies to be produced. - Candidates to examine, analyse and understand the style, content and materials used by the selected artists. Students to experiment with the content and composition from their initial research. - Demonstrate Photoshop and other digital manipulation techniques. Explore using traditional art techniques to manipulate images. Candidates to refine their ideas in preparation for the production of their outcome(s). Produce final compositions that consolidate ideas and potential outcomes. Complete final piece(s), evaluate and present.
Areas of Study Learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. Combinations of these areas are also possible: • Documentary photography • Photo-journalism • Studio photography • Location photography • Experimental imagery • Installation • Moving image
Techniques Learners must demonstrate the ability to work creatively with processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area(s) of study such as: photograms, pin hole cameras, film (chemical) processes, digital processes, time-lapse photography, stop-frame animation, installation, film, video, animation, photomontage, digital manipulation of images.
Skills Development of ideas Selection and analysis of sources such as; artists, cultural and personal connections Refinement of ideas (taking, selecting, editing and presenting work) Annotation and visual recording of ideas Specialist vocabulary Use of different and appropriate media and materials Realisation of personal intentions Use of formal elements; • Line. • Shape. • Form. • Texture. • Pattern. • Colour. • Space.
Forms of assessment: OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Art and Design consists of two components.
UNIT 1: Portfolio 60% of GCSE 120 marks non-exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) Learners should produce a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a centre- or learner-set starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus.
UNIT 2: Set Task 40% of GCSE 80 marks 10 hours Controlled Assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) The early release paper will be issued on 2 January each year and will provide learners with five themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points and stimuli. A response should be based on one of these options.
Suggested Resources A collection of slides/posters/books showing the work of selected artists. Sketchbook Stationary; glue sticks, metallic pens, tags etc Gallery visits/ location photoshoots & trips/ workshops and visiting practitioners DSLR Lighting and backdrops Photoshop programme or other manipulation software Mounting / presentational materials.
Homework Activities Candidates to mind map ideas. Collection of resources and supporting imagery. Practice photography skills and other methods of showing ideas and solutions. Research the work of selected photographers or commercial practitioners to include library visits, internet searches and first hand experience.