Photography is a means of communicating in a visual way. It can challenge the way we think about the world. The emphasis of the course is Photography using creative and expressive methods. It is an exciting and highly rewarding subject to take at this level, whether you intend to study it further or not. We encourage you to be inventive, independent and involved. For most lessons you will be engaged in practical project work. You will also learn about a wide range of photographic issues. You will have access to computers, a large well equipped Dark room and the Internet. Visits to exhibitions and out side of the school environment will also be an important part of the course. We recommend you to buy your own traditional or digital SLR camera for your use on this course. Studying Photography can lead to a number of career areas, e.g. fashion or advertising photography, sports photography, photojournalism, fine art photography, forensic/medical photography, film and television, graphic design, animation, photographic processing and printing, etc.
What is the Course Content? Studying Photography involves:
AS Photography - Year One
For this course you produce 2 'units' of work:-
Unit 1 (60% of AS) This unit explores the basic principles of photography and an introduction to the SLR camera and some digital techniques / manipulation. It also allows you to develop a more personal practical project with preparatory studies leading to a set of finished prints.
Unit 2 (40% of AS) This unit takes the form of a timed test (8 hours) responding to a theme set by the Exam Board plus preparatory studies.
A2 Photography - Year Two
The second year of study builds on skills and ideas developed during the AS course to produce a creative, mature and technically proficient body of work showing personal commitment, flair and individuality. These 2 'units' involve:-
Unit 3 (60% of A Level) This allows you to develop a personal practical project with preparatory studies leading to finished work. You produce contextual studies which relate your own work to other photographers/photographic issues using visual and written elements. You can work with both digital and traditional photographic techniques with no more than 50% of your time spent in digital work.
Unit 4 (40% of A Level) This unit takes the form of a timed test (12 hours) responding to a theme set by the Exam Board plus preparatory studies. In the examination you can choose any techniques and process you wish to produce the final photography work. This can be entirely traditional or digital colour work as 50% of your time is spent in each. Throughout both courses you will have clear feedback from your teachers about your progress and you will be encouraged to develop your work and ideas outside lessons. Some of this will be carried out in your workbook which is a vital part of each course.
What are the entry requirements? The general entry requirements for studying at Advanced level apply, and a minimum of Grade C in English GCSE is preferred.