Goffs Art & Photography Department

We love Art.  That is our motto in our beautifully equipped department.

At Goffs we pride ourselves on high quality teaching, whilst nurturing creativity in all.  Teachers are highly experienced and have a wide skill set, enabling students to learn from us in areas such as:  drawing, painting, printmaking, 3d, mixed media  and digital processes.  We want our students to become passionate and intelligent through art, whatever their ability.  We ask that our students come to us willing to have a go with the promise that if they do, we will help them ‘fly’!

Year 9 Photography

Students opt in Year 8 if they wish to study photography.  Year 9 is used as a foundation year to build up skills and knowledge on camera techniques and editing techniques ready for GCSE.  Work is carried out in the form of projects.  Students look at a wide range of artists to inspire their ideas.  We teach them to analyse imagery in order to understand the importance of subject, element, media and intention, through written annotation.  They will learn to use a camera manually, experiment with backgrounds and lighting.  They will also learn more creative techniques in editing, both on and off the computer (drawing, stitching, weaving onto photographs).  Our aim is to teach them to be confident photographers and explorative artists.


Year 10 & 11 GCSE Photography

Building on the skills learned in Year 9, students continue to explore themes through a wide range of camera and editing techniques.  We encourage creative practice incorporating editing on and off the computer.  We follow the AQA GCSE Photography: lens based and light based media course.  The portfolio (coursework) makes up 60% of the course and the timed examination period is 40%.  The exam is a project set externally by AQA.  Students follow a starting point from the exam paper over about 10 weeks making work in relation to it.  At the end students are given 10 hours to complete a final piece.  Drawing and written annotation is a compulsory part of the AQA specification.


Year 12 AS Photography

Students who opt to take AS, mostly progress onto the Year 13, A2 course.  Our students must be hardworking and resilient.  Again, as at GCSE we follow the AQA exam board specification.  This year gives our students the opportunity to learn about the camera’s manual setting (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), editing techniques through a theme of ‘Bodyscapes’.  Students will work through a project independently whilst experiencing workshops to teach specifics related to the course (e.g. depth of field, lighting techniques).  The portfolio makes up 60% of the course, whilst the exam 40% (timed project with 10 hour final outcome).  Students will use PowerPoint to evidence their projects.  Students have the opportunity to visit London’s Royal Academy Summer Show as part of their progression onto Year 13, in order to gather primary research for the next stage of their education.

Year 13 A2 Photography

Students are expected to choose their own line of enquiry, investigating and researching about photographers, artists, techniques and themes to inform and develop their own practice as a photographer.  Students will use techniques learned from Year 12 and are expected to build on these independently as well as finding new techniques, methods or applications.  Students are expected to be resilient and hardworking.

All students must submit a written essay (1000 – 3000 words) as part of their coursework unit about an area they are interested in, relating to their investigation.  Students must also submit a written bibliography evidencing their research.  The coursework is worth 60% of their final grade, whilst the exam 40% (timed project with 15 hour final outcome). 



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