Photography A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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


The aim of the A level Photography course is to encourage students to explore news ways of seeing the world using a wide variety of photographic techniques and processes. We introduce students to the history of photography, the work of important photographers and the variety of ways of making a photograph, with or without a camera. We want students to experience the magic of the darkroom as well as the wonders of digital processing when they are "d rawing with light".


Course Description

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.

How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

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.

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