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Aims & Philosophy of the Photography Department

The Art department aims to encourage the development of skills, experience in the use of a wide range of media and the recognition that risk taking is a valued element in the creation of art. The study of art and design is seen as offering pupils the opportunity to express their emotional and developing cultural awareness in a visual form. We encourage the examination of works of art through practical work and by visits to galleries. Our ideal aim for a girl is that by the time she has passed through the Art Department, she will be well versed in the use of media, be a capable draughtswoman, confident in developing her ideas independently through sketchbook use and someone who is prepared to take on challenging concepts. She will also be familiar with camera and photography skills and have sound ability in the use of computers for the manipulation of images.

Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum

At AS Level, the girls will undertake two units, the first of which revolves around a coursework portfolio. The second unit is a controlled assignment and includes preparation work carried out over a period of weeks prior to the final examination.

At A2 Level, girls will undertake 2 further units: the personal assignment and the controlled assignment. In the first, girls are free to choose a topic of their own interest. The work is predominately practical but also incorporates a written essay relating to their chosen topic.

During both courses, girls participate in a variety of gallery visits, both to London and other regional centres of excellence. . Much of the work is computer based so the girls must recognise the need to develop their skills in this area as well as the actual taking of images.

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

The girls work within an environment that is tailored as much as possible to suit their personal development in Art & Design.  Our studios are open until 21:30 each evening for girls in examination groups to take advantage of the excellent art facilities. Principally we think it is mainly our emphasis on experimentation within a climate of individual support that makes our Art Department unique. Amongst parents, the work produced by girls in the department is consistently noted for its originality, depth of knowledge, and special quality.

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