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Photography A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

Photography offers wonderful practical and creative opportunities, but please remember that you will also be required to produce significant pieces of written analysis and evaluation.  Some students go on to further study or work in one of the specialist fields of photography.  Others combine their photography with other Art & Design courses to keep numerous options open.

Course content

This exciting course sets specific aims and objectives for the development of skills in photography.  Areas to be covered will include documentary photography, studio photography, computer image manipulation and black and white and colour film.  You will also study the history of photography, critical analysis and photography as social document and art form.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


The course is assessed through practical projects, many of which also involve a significant proportion of written work.


Future opportunities

We encourage our students to participate in exhibitions and community or commercial projects.  Recently, students have showcased their work in the New Creatives Exhibition at the University of Portsmouth, won competitions to exhibit work in Portsmouth and abroad and been involved in the creation of photographic displays in St Mary’s Hospital.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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