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A Level Art and Design: Photography

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

•             Develop their interest and enjoyment in art and design, fostering its value in lifelong learning

•             Develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures

•             Work from their own strengths and interests within the remit of the specification

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They are made aware of traditional and new technologies.

Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and

design, from the past to now, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

They may wish to develop their drawing skills in order to produce storyboards, thumbnail sketches and/or diagrams, where appropriate.

Students may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images. Students should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.



Component 1: Personal investigation

• No time limit      • 60% of A Level

Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers, photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.


Component 2: Externally set assignment

· Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time      • 40% of A Level

Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which
addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.


Areas of study

Students are required to work in one or more areas of photography, listed below.

• portraiture

• landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)

• still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)

• documentary photography, photo journalism

• fashion photography

• experimental imagery

• multimedia

• photographic installation

• moving image (video, film, animation).


Students visit museums, galleries and places of interest to gather research, inspiration and resources both locally and further afield. Students take part in workshops at the Art College in Canterbury when possible as well as animation workshops as part of the Anifest in the Canterbury Festival each year.

How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at grade 4 and above including grade 4 in GCSE Art or other related subject.

Your next steps...

Many of our students go onto study art on the Foundation course at UCA, which leads onto a variety of creative degree courses. Future careers vary from academic, teaching, working in museums and galleries to working in the media, game design, fashion, textiles, jewellery design, illustration, graphic design, web design, photography, photo-journalism, architecture and many more creative jobs.


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