Photography and Lens-Based Media A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

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

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

Overview

This is a dynamic course which builds on student directed work.  This means students must have acquired all basic technical skills prior to this course.  Students will need to understand contemporary photography and be able to clearly develop their ideas and present their work and visuals journey in clear and skilful ways/ Students must be able to show clear ability to contextualise work and contemporary photographic practice. 

 

 

Details

The Subject Criteria for Art require that not only practical artistic skills and abilities should be developed in any course of study, but also that the study of art and design and its various contexts should form part of any student’s education. Therefore, in addition to making artefacts, students should be encouraged to reflect on their own work and on the work of others. The GCE in Art and Design Photography has been designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas.  

How will it be delivered?

The A Level course will contain three units, the 3rd of which will be an examined unit.  All units will be marked internally and then moderated by an external examination board assessor. 

Unit 1 will be a teacher led unit whereby students will need to ensure they are refining their skills and investigating their ideas in interesting ways.  This unit will require a supporting study and a series of outcomes.  

Unit 2 is titled the Personal investigation unit.  This unit requires students to carry out a sustained investigation into a self-written project brief.  The unit of work carries the most marks out of unit 1 and 2.  It needs to showcase the most developed and refined skills of each student within the discipline.  This unit is created from an entire developed project and final pieces. This unit requires and essay submission based on contextual studies of 1000 – 3000 words. 

Unit 3 is an externally set examination unit.  Students will work on this totally independently.  

All units will be marked internally and then moderated by an external examination board assessor. 
 

 

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - 5 GCSE grades 9-4, including Maths and English at minimum Grade 4 and minimum Grade 5 in a GCSE Art Subject – ideally Photography or Art Graphics

 

Your next steps...

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as History of Art or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Art and Design, which could lead onto higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior Designer, Artist or fashion designer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.