Art & Photography


Southam College Fine Art and Photography Department aims to challenge and inspire students and provide engaging and innovative learning experiences. Students gain knowledge and skills to experiment, imagine and create their own pieces of art in a range of conventional and unconventional media. As students progress they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Fine Art and Photography.

Years 7 to 8

We aim to give students the skills needed to prepare them for GCSE. Students gain skills in 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional design including painting, ceramics and printmaking. They also learn about aperture, depth of field and shutter speed in Photography. Those who decide to continue with Fine Art or Photography at GCSE have a comprehensive understanding of the processes which are needed at that level.

Years 9 to 11 Fine Art and Photography

Students are encouraged to work independently at this level. In a typical lesson you will see students working individually on their own projects; students have a dialogue with the teacher through verbal and written feedback to generate ideas and development further. Students are encouraged to develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding. They are to refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes. Students record ideas in a sketchbook sharing their observations and insights relevant to their intentions as the work progresses. All students will present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Years 12 to 13 Fine Art and Photography

This course is designed to consolidate the existing skills, knowledge and understanding of Fine Art and Photography gained by students at Key Stage 4 and to offer them the opportunity to make a personal response to new experiences of a practical and conceptual nature. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing resolved outcomes. This will involves developing ideas, exploring media, developing and applying skills researching, recording, analysing and reviewing creating and presenting outcomes. Students take part in the end of year exhibition that is viewed by the local community and commended on its high standard every year.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Specialist afterschool and holiday workshops
  • Competitions
  • Life drawing classes
  • Trip to London to view galleries and sites
  • New York Trip
  • Final year Exhibition