"A camera is a save button for your mind’s eye" - Roger Kingston
Photography at Hendon School is an exciting subject that allows students to investigate a range of photographic genres based on their own personal interests. Students are encouraged to seek an expressive and interpretative artistic response to the visual world while exploring their own cultural identities.
Students use lens-based media which they may manipulate using darkroom facilities and digital technology: we teach the use of SLR and Digital SLR cameras and run workshops on traditional darkroom processes, Adobe Photoshop and Moviemaker.
Students have three lessons per week
Fruit Still Life project
SLR camera and darkroom printing
Stop motion project
from 1st February
Outside the classroom
We also provide a regular exhibition space, in collaboration with the Hendon school library, to give students a forum in which to discuss and display their work-in-progress to a wider school audience. Our department has links with The Photographers’ Gallery and they provide exhibition and workshop opportunities for our students. For the past 3 years we have been part of the Visual Literacy project ‘Seeing More Things’ which has been sponsored by the John Lyons Charity. We regularly visit museums and galleries to broaden students’ understanding of contemporary photographic practice.
Year 12 students, interested in studying photography at university, are also encouraged to attend a summer university course to work with other photographers and develop their skills further.
Progression pathways and careers
Students are able to complete a GCSE and A-level in photography (it is possible to do A-level without having done the GCSE if students meet the entry requirements).
Students are able to progress on to Foundation Studies in Art & Design, BA (Hons) and higher degrees in Art & Design subjects. Students are also able to follow apprenticeship routes.
Careers can include photojournalist, fashion, fine art and commercial photography. Other careers include advertising, art director, film director, cinematographer, film editor, film production, TV production, script writer, animation designer, game designer, magazine and newspaper editor
Hendon School has an excellent reputation for students going on to art and photography courses. Some of our recent alumni include:
- Foundation Course at London School of Fashion
- BA(Hons) Photography at University of Westminster, London
- Practising Fine Art Photographer
- PA to the director of The Photographers Gallery, London
- Module Lecturer at The University of Westminster, London
- BA (Hons) Photography at University of Hertfordshire
- Sales Representative for Sony
- BA (Hons) Photography at Middlesex University, London
- Darkroom Technician at Middlesex University
- BA Film and Digital Production at Ravensbourne University
- Freelance photographic director and camera operator
- BA Photography at Plymouth University
- Event Manager at The Roundhouse, Camden
www.tate.org.uk Tate Britain and Tate Modern
www.art2day.co.uk research website
www.vam.ac.uk Victoria and Albert Museum
www.nationalgallery.org.uk The National Gallery
www.photonet.org.uk The Photographers Gallery
www.npg.org.uk The National Portrait Gallery
Ms Martina Schmid, Head of Photography, Schmid@hendonschool.co.uk