Meet the staff

Michelle Mercer - Photography Teacher

Subject overview:

Our aim is to support pupils to develop their creativity, allowing them to produce work that they can display and be proud of. You will experiment with a range of techniques both traditional and digital.

We currently study GCSE Art and Design- Photography accredited through the exam board AQA. Pupil work is submitted in two units, unit 1 and 2.

Unit 1 is a portfolio which is completed in class. The portfolio will show a pupil’s understanding of the formal elements of photography such as:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Aperture and depth of field
  • Moving image

Portfolios will also show a pupil’s ability to adapt their work using digital methods and to present their ideas in a creative way.

Unit 2 is an externally set assessment brief (exam). The assessment brief is released in January of year 11. Pupils will complete a term of preparation work then complete a 10 hours assessment under exam conditions during which pupils will complete their final piece of work.

Unit 1 is worth 60% of the final grade, unit 2 is worth 40% of the final grade.

 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

Introduction to photography- formal elements

Architecture & Landscape project

Personal project

Autumn 2

Introduction to Photoshop

 

Architecture & Landscape project

Personal project

Spring 1

Still Life/Natural Form

PORTRAITURE & Surrealist Photography

Unit 2 Preparation period

 

Spring 2

Still Life/Natural Form

PORTRAITURE & Surrealist Photography

Unit 2 Preparation period 

 

Summer 1

Street Photography

 

 

PORTRAITURE & Surrealist Photography

Unit 2 assessment

 

Summer 2

Street Photography

 

Personal project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visits in this subject:

Visits to places outside of school are a vital part of the photography course. Throughout the duration of the photography course pupils will visit art galleries to view other artist’s work and visit places of interest such as Alnwick Castle, the Angel of the North and Newcastle Quayside so they can collect images to use in their portfolio.

Supporting your child in this subject:

At key stage 4 pupils will often bring home work to plan or photographs to take. It is vital deadlines are kept and that homework is completed. It may be difficult for pupils to progress with their projects if they have not done the preparation work at home.

Also, if you go any where during weekends or holidays encourage your child to take photographs or anything interesting they may see. They can then download them at school and add them to their portfolio, the more images they have the better-quality portfolio they can submit.