What kind of student would enjoy this course?
If you are you good at time management, enjoy practical work and learning about artists and photographers, you will find this course interesting. You will have the opportunity to take risks with ideas/techniques and use your creativity to develop personal ideas and responses.
What will I study?
You will learn how to use a camera, how to develop and print black and white photographs and digital colour; you will experiment with a range of photographic processes and techniques and learn to present your work effectively to communicate your ideas; you will record the development of your ideas, techniques learnt and analysis of your own and others’ work in a work journal and gain an understanding of the history of photography and its role in society.
AS and A-Level are now two stand-alone awards.
There is no coursework element, instead you will work on skill-based exercises which will culminate in an externally set task over ten hours.
Personal Investigation: This allows you to develop a personal practical project with preparatory studies leading to finished work. You will relate your work to that of other photographers using visual and written elements, and produce a 3000-word study on photographers or artists who are influencing your practical photography.
Externally set task: This unit takes the form of a timed test (15 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.
What could I do at the end of my course?
You could go on to study Photography at Art College. Photography A-Level could also be useful in desktop publishing and editing, creative advertising or any design orientated work situation.