Teacher in Charge: R A Johnstone.
Our aim in photography is to expose pupils to the creative possibilities of digital art using the medium of photography. This is available to all pupils at Epsom who wish to study photography. Pupils are encouraged to immerse themselves in artist contextual research and to create personal responses based on what other image makers have done in the past. Pupils examine the work of art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism and Pop Art. Once a student takes and interest in one of these areas they are free to create digital art in the style of these art movements.
The facilities available to photography pupils are state of the art and excellent for digital imagery. The College has a fully equipped photography studio, as well as Apple Macs for editing images and mastering Photoshop. All pupil portfolios are created digitally using these facilities.
Pupils' work is displayed in personal portfolios as well as various photography exhibitions that are put on at different times of the year. In recent years Epsom College has enjoyed particular success at the national level in the Rotary Young Photographers Competition.
Follow the links below to learn more about Photography at Epsom College
GCSE Photography is offered to pupils as one of their 3 optional subject choices. This 2 year course teaches pupils how to use the photography studio, how to master the art of composition and all the Photoshop skills required to create stunning digital art.
Edexcel GCSE in Art and Design: Photography
Course Unit Code: 1PY0
Component 1 Personal Portfolio (1PY0/01)
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (1PY0/02)
Pupils will be expected to complete a Personal Portfolio of work. This counts for 60% of the pupil's marks at GCSE. This is an exciting opportunity for pupils to learn how to make creative images using digital techniques. Pupils learn how to use digital cameras, the photography studio, as well as how to master Photoshop.
The Externally Set Assignment is set by the exam board. This involves creating a portfolio of work based on a topic of study. It concludes with an exam and counts for 40% of the GCSE marks.
Edexcel Advanced GCE in Art and Design: Photography
Course Unit Code: 9PY0
Component 1 Personal Investigation 9PY0/01
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment 9PY0/02
Pupils have to complete two portfolios of work over the 2 years of A level work.
This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.
Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development
work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.
The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication
showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification.
The externally set Assignment will involve creating a portfolio of work in response to a topic set by the exam board. This portfolio and final images will count for 40% of the final grade.
Pupils will be taught various creative techniques, and how to manipulate images digitally. This involves using digital photography, the photography studio, and post-production techniques such as Photoshop and aperture.
Apple Macs are used for all editing of photos and digital imagery.
In recent years 100% of AS pupils have achieved A-B grades.
Epsom College proves extensive facilities for pupils to support photography as an academic discipline.
Image capture in the photography studio: Pupils have access to digital cameras for image capture. Advanced skills can be mastered by using a fully functional photography studio with various backgrounds. Pupils have the opportunity to master studio lighting in order to create dramatic images.
Image editing: Pupils can manipulate and edit their work on the Apple mac computers. A full suite of software is provided including Photoshop and other image editing software. This allows pupils to get very creative with their ideas and concepts.
Click on the images below to view a selection of work by College Photography students:
A Level Work