Photography A-Level at Abbeywood Community School
The aim of the course is designed to encourage students to develop their interest and enjoyment in the study of Photography. Students will develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences environments and cultures, and will work from their own strengths and interests.
What will I study?
The course enables students to develop creative and technical skills in photography, whilst also examining the work of historical photographers. Students will be expected to show and analyse, by means of their photographs, the nature of the world in which they live, through the use of a range of photographic techniques and visual styles. Students will also examine the work of both contemporary and past artists and photographers through formal lectures, student presentations and their own research work.
Students will explore line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of photography. They will learn how to respond to an issue, theme or concept and will develop an appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement. Students will understand appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area, as well as techniques related to developing and printing of photographic images, presentation, layout and mounting.
How will I learn?
There will be a range of approaches to learning; most lessons will be practical and skills based, some will involve research, investigation and reflection. Visits will be made to various local and national galleries and studios.
At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C including English Language and photography or relevant subject (e.g. Art, Graphics, Textiles). A portfolio of supporting evidence will be required at interview.
There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most require further study at an Art College, Further Education or University with most students taking a one-year foundation course at Art College before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of art and design. Careers where it is useful to have studied Photography include photography, advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing, media, conservation, restoration, illustration, web design, painting and printmaking, in fact any profession looking for creative people.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.