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The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) is a Surrey based Multi-Academy Trust, comprising four secondary, six primary and two special schools with two further under development. We are proud of our ethos of collaboration and inclusion, "Bringing out the best" in students of all abilities and backgrounds. Visit website

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Art - Photography



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In this exciting option students explore creative ideas which involve using the camera as well as the computer. Students will learn about shutter speed, depth of field, lighting and composition. 

Students will explore creative ways to develop their photography work through digital, darkroom and creative techniques. Students will be expected to learn about visual and graphic design. and explore creative ideas through photography. 

Students will need to approach the subject with a broad mind and be able to think creatively in how they explore photographic skills and techniques. They will present their work in a sketchbook. 


Coursework - Component 1 (60%) - Technical studies and coursework project

  • Students will investigate a series of techniques and skills in Technical studies and then develop work into a project into a project theme. It is not essential that students have their own digital camera, but it will help. As with any of the other art options students will need to demonstrate the process of how to develop and explore their ideas

Exam - Component 2 (40%)

  • Externally set project culminating in 10-hour exam to produce their final piece 

All projects are marked on four assessment objectives each are worth 25% of the project mark. 

  1. Developing ideas
  2. Experimenting and refining
  3. Recording
  4. Final piece

Students considering this option will be required to attend a taster session before handing in their option form. 


  • Photographic digital and practical skills including darkroom and wet photography techniques will be developed throughout Year 10 and Year 11 and creatively presented in a sketchbook.
  • Homework – students are expected to take photographs in their own time and undertake artist research
  • Students will hand in approximately 45 hours of work for the coursework which is completed during the course.
  • In December of Year 10 students complete a final piece for their course work project.
  • In January of Year 10, students begin a new project which they continue into Year 11 Autumn term.
  • In Year 11, students complete a 10-hour test in exam conditions in the classroom. Students use the preparation materials they have developed since January


Post-16 Choices
Typical career paths include: fashion photographer, special effects artist, news/editorial/fashion photographer, film director, and advertising designer.




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