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Digital Photography A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

The main purpose of the course, like any programme in Art and Design, is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and produce a unique response through digital photographs.

Course content

The course involves practical photographic work covering topics such as portraiture, landscape, still-life, documentary, photo journalism and experimental imagery. You will be expected to possess and use your own digital camera, which should be of appropriate quality. The ability to undertake photographic assignments regularly out of College during daylight hours

(usually at the weekends) is essential as this forms the basis of coursework.

Entry requirements

The course is predominantly based upon digital technology and uses professional digital imaging software and hardware. The appreciation and study of the work of artists and photographers is covered throughout the course. You will learn how to make effective use of a camera according to circumstances and intentions and how to compose and refine photographic images, both in camera and through their sensitive manipulation on the computer. You will need to be committed to photography, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject are major requirements for success.


The AS and A2 courses comprise two units each – coursework units and end-of-course exam projects. You will produce preparatory work, initial ideas, developmental work and a final piece in response to a theme set by yourself or your tutor. Your work journal or visual notebook will provide the core evidence for each unit and you will be expected to include notes and comments on your own work and that of others.

Future opportunities

Students can progress directly onto photography-related degree courses at university after they have completed their A Levels. However, there are some universities, which prefer students to take an Art Foundation course prior to starting a degree to broaden their experience.

Further information

As well as research trips and gallery visits, we invite speakers from universities and from industry to talk to you about career possibilities. So if you enjoy being creative, are hard working, have a keen interest in photography and want to learn how to use industry standard photo manipulation software, then choose AS and A2 Digital Photography.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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