Our aim 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 the subject. 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 an interest in one of these areas they are free to create digital art in the style of these art movements. The image at the top of this page is a detail of a 2018 exam piece from Sixth Form student,Carl Chen.

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 exhibitions that are put on at different times of the year. In recent years Epsom College has enjoyed particular success at national level in the Rotary Young Photographers Competition.

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GCSE Photography is offered to pupils as one of their three optional subject choices. This two-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.

Pupils follow the WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Art and Design (Photography). It is comprised of two components:

  • Component 1 Portfolio (60% of qualification)
  • Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (40% of qualification)

Pupils will be expected to complete a Personal Portfolio of work. 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.

In 2017, Photography achieved 100% A* grades at A-level.

This course exposes students to art and image making using new media techniques. Students will be taught a wide range of digital imagery skills using digital cameras and Mac computers. This is primarily a photographic course and integration with other art techniques is encouraged. Typically this will include:

  • Digital Photography: students learn how to master dSLR cameras and image-making using lens and light-based media
  • Digital Art: students learn how graphic designers, web designers and digital artists create art on the computer
  • Photography Studio: students learn how to use the professionally-equipped photography studio to create their art
  • Multimedia and lens-based imagery: in previous years students have created short films
  • Traditional darkroom and modern digital photographic techniques are taught

Pupils follow the WJEC Advanced GCE in Art and Design (Photography), which comprises two components:

  • Component 1 Personal Investigation (60% of qualification)
  • Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (40% of qualification)

The Personal Investigation consists of two parts:

  • a major in-depth practical investigative portfolio. This is a personal portfolio of artwork where pupils are free to decide which themes and ideas they wish to investigate.
  • an extended written element of 1,000 words minimum, which relates to the student’s practical work.

The externally set Assignment involves 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.

Epsom College provides 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.