You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies and you will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non - European examples. This is integral to the investigating and making process. Your responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. You will 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. You will keep a visual journal to document your work. You will use both traditional methods and digital techniques to produce images.
In February of Year 13 you will receive your examination question paper which you will use as the basis for your second unit of work in a 15 hour exam set over 2 or 3 days. The exam is approximately 8 weeks after receipt of the exam paper.
During your course you will be advised on how to build a portfolio of work suitable for entry to a one year pre-degree Foundation Diploma course in Art and Design/photography or a University Degree.
Beyond A level
The degree courses and careers associated with the Photography A level are substantial and varied.
A selected list would include fine art, graphic designer, magazine features editor, medical illustrator, photographer, press photographer, television camera operator, advertising art director, digital marketer, film/video, editor, media planner, secondary school teacher, stylist, visual merchandiser, web content manager, web designer. Students are free to develop their own interests within this course.
The best foundation for success in Photography is a grade 6 minimum in Photography or Art and Design related course. However, this does not prevent interested students applying for the course provided if they can provide a portfolio of work reflecting their interest in the subject.