Photography is an important form of visual communication. Imagine a world without it and you'll realise just how widely photographic, and particularly digital, images are used in a range of sectors and industries, from advertising and printing to broadcasting and film making.
Photographs are widely used in our everyday lives to capture important events, people, places and situations. We also use them to help us to understand the world around us and to express our ideas, thoughts and feelings in an artistic way.
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:
This course is designed to inspire and challenge you to visually represent your personal thoughts and ideas through photography. You will plan, develop and produce imaginative photographs using the technical and creative skills you will learn during the course. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of photographic practices, and a range of skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice. You will analyse the impact of social and cultural influences on photographers and their work.
The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment.
Photography: Image Making (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Photography: Contextual Imagery (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)
The course assessment has one component, an 'open' project that will have 100 marks. The project has three sections:
The project will be conducted under some supervision and control by your teacher or lecturer and evidence will be submitted to SQA for external marking.
Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.
The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in:
Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.
They can also read the information leaflet(s):