In the WJEC syllabus specification, areas of study include:

  • photographing people
  • photographing places
  • still-life photography
  • documentary photography
  • photojournalism
  • experimental imagery
  • photographic installation
  • fashion photography
  • digital imaging
  • moving image (video, film, animation).

During the course, students will learn:

  • How a camera works and to be confident with basic functions
  • Studio lighting techniques and how to correctly expose an image.
  • To produce images using both tungsten and flash.
  • To explore many different genres of photography and dedicate around 3-4 weeks on each project.
  • To proficiently use a professional photography studio.
  • To use industry standard post production software like Photoshop.

Students will study many different genres of photography.  Examples of possible projects include on-location fashion, fantasy and surrealism, interior / exterior architecture and chroma key imaging.  They will undertake an advanced graphics based project by designing a double page spread influenced by magazine titles such as Vogue, Tattler, Cosmopolitan and Elle.

Further areas of study include ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) camera systems.   Students will use specialist camera equipment to investigate several different forms of scientific photography, including medical and forensic imaging techniques.  These ‘invisible spectrum’ techniques will also be applied in an optional nature photography project, allowing the photographer to see parts of the spectrum which can only be seen by insects.

Students will explore and produce a documentary style project and look into how images are shot by the magazine and newspaper industry.  These ‘Real World’ based projects allow students to develop a realistic idea of what is required by clients and shot by professional photographers.

There is an opportunity to undertake an independent practical piece of work, in which students are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces.

They will also be introduced to digital and conventional medium format photography and will create either a film / media based project or music video / advertising campaign utilising Chroma Key (Green Screen) imaging technology.