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Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY A LEVEL

Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways? If so, you should consider taking Photography. You will enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you. 

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it. 

On the course itself, you will learn about the work of photographers before going on to creatively develop and explore your own ideas using a range of both traditional and digital techniques and processes. You will be expected to demonstrate your skills and knowledge of photography in a sketch pad leading to a final outcome for each unit of work. 

Photography can lead to specific careers such as: a filmmaker, photojournalist, picture editor, researcher, and teacher or a photographer in; commercial, fashion, forensic, medical and sports. But it is also a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career in the visual arts and can lead to work in graphic design, animation, digital media as well as film and television. 

Course Outline

The A level is a two year course which comprises 2 units of work: 

Unit 3 – Personal investigation 

Unit 4 – Externally set assignment 

For the first two terms of the course, students will develop their photography skills in using the camera; contemporary, traditional and alternative photography; digital editing techniques; presentation of work and critical analysis of photographers’ work. They will then choose a theme or topic for their personal investigation unit which will take a year to complete. 

Assessment

All work is assessed internally at the completion of the personal investigation unit and externally set assignment with unit 3 comprising 60% and unit 4 comprising 40% of the final A level grade. 

Requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in Art or equivalent 

GCSE Grade 5 in English