International Journal of Art & Design Education

Photography in Schools: Current Trends in Theory and Practice

Volume 15.1   1996



This paper reviews the place of photography in formal education. It is argued that as a specific subject of study photography remains marginal within primary and secondary education, and is viewed predominantly as a leisure activity or as a vocational subject more appropriate to further education. Despite this however, it is argued that photography can make a unique contribution to general education, and that it is particularly well placed for teachers seeking to develop innovative and cross-curricular work. Two contexts for photography in education are considered in detail: GCSE and 'A' level photography; and the National Curriculum for Art, and GCSE art and design examinations. In conclusion I look at the potential photography offers for developing cross-curricular work in formal education.