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Visual Arts at Elstree UTC offers students the chance to study the ever-advancing creative skills and practices of the 21st century art entertainment industries. We also celebrate the rich history of the visual arts in order to teach students the practice of reflection and analysis. Students learn to develop ideas, thorugh the use of various tools and techniques to create Unique, personalised Artistic responses. 


what is photography?

Photography is a multi-disciplinary Arts subject with its origins in science, it is bound up in the history of technological innovations, from the invention of the Daguerreotype to the digital revolution. Each new technological breakthrough has shifted the way we see and represent the world photographically.

Photography is a democratic subject. Almost everyone is able to take a picture today and the sheer scale of photographic picture-making across the planet is overwhelming. Photography is therefore all around us. Students see numerous photographic images every day, many of which advertise products, services, lifestyles and ideologies. Being aware of the ways in which they are being manipulated, what might be called the visual literacy argument, seems even more important.


key stage 4

Linear course over two years - year 10 and 11. Exploring foundation skills both in camera and post production. Focusing on developing their own style in thematic projects. 60% coursework unit + 40% exam unit

AQA Art & Design - Photography GCSE 

Component 1 - coursework
Component 2 - externally set unit