Photography is a brilliant course. Students get the opportunity to learn new techniques, such as using a dark room, early on in the course and lessons are well structured but fun. The European trip is going to be fantastic. This year we are heading to Madrid with the students on the Fine Art course; it is going to be a fantastic cultural experience to share with good friends!Georgie Harris, Year 12
The Photography A Level course offers students the opportunity to learn a range of skills and work with both chemical and digital photography, exploring both techniques at the start of the course. These skills will include pinhole photography, darkroom techniques and the use of Photoshop. Throughout the course we encourage independent learning with guidance where necessary and continued support throughout. Unit 2 is a practical exam which is held at the end of the year.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.
Subject Specific Requirements
Students do not need to have studied Photography or Art at GCSE in order to take this qualification. It is more important that you have a strong interest in photography.
What will I do?
During the first year, students are required to produce a portfolio containing a project and examples of photography such as darkroom and digital techniques.
During the second year, students are required to produce a Personal Investigation Project based on an idea, issue, concept or theme created into a practical project, supported by a 1000-3000 essay. This project can be produced using any photographic techniques such as black and white photography, digital photography, Photoshop and Premiere. The exam project is a practical project taken in the Summer term.
Each year we take students to exhibitions locally, in London and on a four day European Study trip.
What careers would this be suitable for?
Students wishing to pursue a career in the Art and Design Industry usually undertake a Foundation Course, followed by a Degree Course. A Foundation Course lasts for one year and students can enrol in a college in the local area. During Foundation Courses, students will learn many new art and design skills and build up a portfolio of work that can be taken along to desired Degree Course interviews. Students apply for Degree Courses during Foundation Courses; there are many different courses all over the country to choose from. Studying AS or A2 Photography can lead to a Foundation Course in Art & Design and ultimately onto a range of university degree courses and careers in:
- Video and Television;
- Fine Art and Community Arts;
- Journalist Photography;
- Fashion Photography;
- Commercial and Corporate Photography;
- Forensic Photography;
- Media and Communication;
- Film Studies;
- Film Production for the Music Industry;
- Digital Media;
- Games Design; the list goes on and on.