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The Basics

  • Regular photo shoots
  • Explore and develop areas of personal interest
  • Learn about photographers and artists
  • Learn skills of digital photography and image manipulation

Is this course for me?

Photography has changed our world dramatically and has developed from its beginnings in the early 1800s into the complex, fast moving and exciting world of visual media that pervades the modern world. The technology changes and advances at an astonishing pace but creativity is only limited by your imagination.

What will I learn?

Year 12 – Coursework Portfolio
You will create a portfolio which will include technical instructions and projects exploring themes such as lighting and distortion. You will learn how to use a digital camera, editing skills such as Photoshop, lighting and studio photography and develop skills in visual language. You will learn how to evaluate the work of professional photographers and will have the opportunity to develop personal ideas and themes within the criteria set.

Year 13 – Coursework Project
You will carry out a personal investigation into the work of a photographer/artist or a theme in photography/art such as portraiture, or movement.

Externally Set Unit of Work
You will be set another assignment by the exam board which includes 15 hours of supervised exam time. In both A Level units your work will be much more individual and in depth.

Anything else I need to know?

You will be examining some of the diverse roles of the lens based image in society, such as documentary photography, film and the photographer as an artist. The course requires self-discipline and motivation. Each student’s work is the work of a creative individual and will clearly reflect that.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements: Standard A Level entry criteria, including grade 4 in GCSE Art or Photography.

Future careers

Journalism, Fashion, Film, Advertising, TV, Media, Studio Photographer

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