About this course

IGCSE Art & Design - Photography online course

The iGCSE in Art and Design, Photography, aims to support student development of a unique creative response through engagement with sustained and independent enquiry on this 100% online course. Photography may be defined as the creative journey through the process of lens- and light-based media. It could include work created using film, video, digital imaging or light sensitive materials. With the developments of new affordable lens-based technologies, students should attempt to use the photographic mediums to explore and create a body of work, which develops and refines both the process and the concept. All the work for this endorsed title can be produced in digital form. Students can choose to focus on Documentary, Photojournalism, Studio, Location, Experimental Imagery and/or the Moving Image.

Students will demonstrate an understanding and application of the formal elements and principles of art, design and photography which can be the outcome of personal experience alongside response to observation in new and unique ways.

This course supports the development of students’ knowledge and understanding of:

  • the uses of light as the most important element in photography
  • view-points, composition, depth of field
  • darkroom techniques involving the recognition of appropriate paper types, developing and printing, emulsions, exposures, tone and contrast (through an in-person workshop during Term 1)
  • manipulation of the image, either silver-based technology or digital format, through electronic and mechanical means including lasers, computers, scanners and photocopiers.

Students should use a variety of tools and materials, as appropriate, for recording their surroundings and source materials.

The word ‘photography’ could be taken to mean ‘a graphic representation with light’. In this way, a photograph can take on the qualities of a drawing. Drawing methods such as pen or pencil on paper may enhance students’ development and understanding of photographic ideas, for example to plan shots, analyse and deconstruct their own imagery, or record ways in which practitioners have used formal elements and visual language. Students should use a variety of tools and materials, as appropriate, for recording their surroundings and source materials.

Teachers make use of the webcam feature and their document camera each week to guide students through various skills and techniques. The completed pieces of art that are produced by the students are shared digitally for viewing and feedback. Students will be required to keep their cameras on to view the progress of work during practical studio time so that assessors can moderate and authenticate. Component 2 includes the externally set assignment under 10-hours of exam conditions. This will likewise be delivered 100% online under exam conditions split into two date-stamped and authenticated 5-hour invigilated sessions.

To be eligible for this qualification you must follow these rules. If you do not, you risk disqualification or your teacher not being able to authenticate your project. If your teacher cannot authenticate your work, it won’t be submitted for the qualification.

  1. You must come to lessons live; you cannot be a library learner. The minimum is 20% for each Component.
  2. You must turn your camera on during live explore lessons and show your work develop on camera. The minimum is 20% for each Component.
  3. You must submit your work for Summative Assignments so your teacher can verify work seen on camera with work completed in your portfolio and to give you guidance. There are two summative assignments per Component.
  4. If you complete significant work outside of lesson time, you need to submit progress photos or video for verification.
  5. In January of Year 11, you must register, pay for, and then attend the Year 11 exam to complete Component 2 following all exam rules. This includes signing both the candidate declaration and parent/guardian declaration forms.
  6. You must complete and sign the official authentication form for each Component. Your teacher can only sign this if they are confident that they can authenticate your work.
  7. If you have work from a previous setting from another GCSE level qualification, you are responsible for obtaining an authentication document to verify it as your own. It can be used for Component 1 only if appropriate, and must still be verified by comparison with your work completed at King’s InterHigh.
Key information
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International GCSE
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2 years
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Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
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100% online course
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Pupils can choose additional subjects including IGCSE Art & Design Photography for an added fee per subject. View Fees.
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We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.