Why should I study this course?
Photography offers us so many ways to comment on and explore the world around us. It has never been a better time to be a photographer with new technologies emerging all the time and a multitude of platforms to promote your work on. A Level Photography teaches you how to think creatively and develop your ideas in new and exciting ways. This course will help you develop as a creative individual and give you a set of skills that are always valued in any chosen career.
What will I study?
For A Level Photography you will produce a set of work which builds into a "personal investigation" of a theme that is worth 60% of your final grade. The start of the course will allow you to explore a range of ways of working with photography and you will develop your skills in digital approaches as well as traditional darkroom photography. You will have 3 lessons each week where you will experience a mixture of discussion and practical experimental tasks early in the course. You will also do at least 4 hours of independent study each week. Our studios are always open for you to work in your study time.
The externally set assignment is 40% of the grade and is theme based also. These themes are set by AQA and you will develop ideas to a final outcome produced in 15 hours of focused work. Coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is marked to assessment objectives very similar to art and design specifications at GCSE. All students present their work through Instagram with an account specifically for their A Level Photography work.
How is the course assessed?
Coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is marked to assessment objectives very similar to art and design specifications at GCSE in that you do not receive marks for individual pieces of work but instead for how you develop your unit of work by responding to what you see other photographers and artists doing. The unit is marked as a set of work at the end, including the final outcome. In this way it is much better to work consistently throughout the whole course and make sure all work is as complete as possible. Your work is marked each week.
What will the course prepare me for?
A qualification in Art/Photography gives you a route into areas of creative design work or more specialised photographic careers. Each year £80 billion is generated by creative people in the Art and Design industry, so there is plenty of opportunity to find work after finishing your education. It will also give you an extra edge on others as a creative individual, which employers always want. The course is an excellent way of preparing you for a photography or arts-related degree.
At least 4 hrs of independent study each, our studios are always open for you to work in your study time. You will be given advice on what to do during your independent study time but it will involve tasks such as reading, preparing for your lessons and continuing to develop your sketchbook work in progress. You will also be expected to access our VLE on a regular basis to support your learning and collect resources via Pinterest.
What materials will I need to provide?
You can buy a starter pack of equipment from us at the start of term along with a sketchbook. You will have access to a wide variety of resources on the VLE including links to the exam board’s specifications, useful website links, video and text resources. You are expected to provide your own basic art materials including basic drawing materials. There are extensive resources available from the library that you can borrow but there is a list of recommended background reading on the VLE if you wish to purchase some of your own.
How will I be taught?
During your lessons you will experience a mixture of discussion and practical experimental tasks early in the course. You will be expected to show that you can explore a technique or an approach in your own work after you have learnt it. As the course develops lessons become more focused on your own individual work. We work both digitally and in the darkroom as you progress through the course.
This course is for you if...
If you are considering an art, design or photography-related career pathway, if you want to broaden your knowledge of photography, and develop your skills. If you enjoy a mix of technical and creative approaches, and like to think creatively and solve problems.
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What are the course requirements?
Five 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE including a grade 4 (C) at GCSE English Language.
Students wanting to take Photography should have a L2 qualification in Art and Design, either at least a grade 4 (C) at GCSE or a BTEC Certificate at Merit. If they have no L2 experience students should bring a portfolio of work with them to their interview for us to assess whether they can be accepted on to the course.
If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.
What skills do I need?
- The willingness to broadly research using a range of sources such as the internet, books, journals and magazines, in addition to visiting galleries and exhibitions
- To be open minded and prepared to experiment with a variety of concepts, materials and techniques.
- The ability to organise your workload and study time to complete work independently
- The follow health and safety instructions