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Art & Design: Photography

During this GCSE, you will learn about the rules of composition and when to break them. You will learn to confidently operate your camera and control it in order to capture the image you want, rather than working in auto and letting the camera decide. You’ll learn the effects of light on photography and how different illumination can make a vast difference to the outcome of a shot.

You will work in our well-resourced and spacious studio, but also take your work outdoors – visiting urban and rural locations to create original artwork of your own and developing the themes you explore in your coursework projects.

Your work will be personal and meaningful, exploring your ideas and themes. Y10 projects are quite prescriptive in nature, however, as you move into Y11, you will be expected to write your own briefs, to select artists of your own and to work more independently.

The Art School is open to all Art students during lunchtime, priority sessions and until 9.45pm at least one night each week. Each half-term there is a life class you’ll be encouraged to attend. There is an expectation that Art students will spend at least two hours beyond taught lessons each week developing their work.

This subject is for you if:

You don’t mind working hard. You’ll be creative and comfortable working independently. In Art, there is no such thing as right and wrong – so you’ll enjoy exploring ideas and learning to select and cull as you go along.


  • 60% coursework
  • 40% exam
Subject Level Year Group Exam Board
Art & Design - Photo GCSE Y11 AQA