Photography

Why study this subject?

This lens based course is about communicating creative ideas and observations. Both digital and analogue technologies are explored to provide students with a wide variety of learning opportunities and ensure a broad base of understanding.

The aims of the specialist units are to extend learners’ creative and technical skills. Students will investigate different approaches to manipulating photographic materials, processes and procedures. Research into the work of professional practitioners underpins each unit and enables students to develop their understanding of contemporary and historical approaches as well as to inspire and inform their own studies.

The specialist units covered in this programme will begin to prepare students with the skills required to develop careers within photography and related industries, as well as provide a pathway into Higher Education to further their studies.

Summary of course content

Students will need to successfully complete three specialist units at AS level and three specialist units at A2.

Where the course leads

Local job opportunities can be taken on successful completion of this course. This can involve local retail and entry level employment in the photography industry.

The course acts as an initial step into the wide and expanding range of art and design activities and opportunities. This could lead to a career (including where required further study at BA, MA and PhD level), in any area of art and design: graphic design, illustration, fine art, fashion, textiles, 3D design, interior design, animation, art history, digital media, curatorship, art journalism, teaching etc. The scope for potential career destinations within the world of art and design Photography is virtually unlimited.

Entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in Photography. A basic understanding of Photography and some previous experience / practice is desirable.

Students must seek further advice from the specialist staff before enrolling and be interviewed prior to being accepted on the course.

Exam board: Edexcel

For further advice contact: Mrs Richardson

Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Art%20and%20Design/2015/specification-and-sample-assessment-materials/GCE-A-level-Art-and-Design-specification-Issue-4.pdf

 

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