Photography at Aquinas is an exciting and challenging subject that encourages students to be creative and show a more personal understanding of Photography. The aim of this course is to promote a broad based learning experience across a range of themes in digital lens based processes and practical techniques. The course aims to encourage creative thinking and artistic understanding, as well as developing students own use of the camera.
During Year One students will build up skills through techniques and processes, some of which will have done at GCSE some of which will be new experiences, all of which will be at a more Advance Level. The aim of the first year is to ensure that students can experience the full range of digital lens based learning in order to enhance skills and techniques. Students will be introduced to a variety of themes, from architecture to still life, responding to artists and photographers, focusing on experimenting with different aspects of the camera; for those new to Photography learning their way around the camera, for more experienced Photographers improving and adapting to their strengths. Students will also respond in practical ways.
In Year Two students are expected to work more independently, developing work over a longer period of time, showing a higher level of personal interpretation and working on developing ideas more in-depth. Students will use research into the work of artists, photographers and designers to develop their own knowledge and understanding Photography throughout the two years.
As the second year draws to its close the U6 students have the opportunity to organise the end of year finalé which is the Art and Design Exhibition. This event showcases the work of the U6 students ensuring that each student has both final pieces from their final year on display, with sketchbooks and mounted work, presented around the Art and Design Department, along with the other courses from the Art and Design Department. This has always been a very successful night.