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Photography A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description

Aims

The practical work ranges across analogue black and white photography and digital photography for the following reasons:

  • Manually controlled photographs teach the students about apertures and shutter speed settings
  • Students study innovators of the development of photography, allowing for a deeper understanding of photography’s development and its contextual issues
  • The skills acquired are fundamental to both colour and digital photography. The digital photographs and scanned analogue photographs can be photoedited in Adobe Photoshop

The course is a combination of practical and theoretical work during which the students take, process, print and mount work to a very high standard. The practical work is supported by written submission which covers historical, contextual and technical issues raised by the work. At A level there is one unit supported by a 1000 to 3000 word essay. Photography draws heavily on students’ cross-curricular knowledge. The students can direct their work into areas in which they have particular interests. Please note that you will need to budget for buying photographic materials, the most significant cost being a DSLR camera (digital single lens reflex). Miss Reid will advise on the appropriate technical spec and places where they can be purchased. Please do not buy any materials until you have been accepted on the course.

Course content

AS

Unit 1 Work is a divided assessment into 50% of the total qualification. Students need to show a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on theme ‘Growth, Decay and Environment’. Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives and will be marked out of 44. These are developing ideas, exploring media, developing and applying skills, researching, recording, analysing and reviewing and creating and presenting outcome(s). Component 1 is to explore the theme of ‘Growth, Decay and Environment’ and show primary observations and recordings of your chosen theme. A few gallery visits or visits to museums provides the good starting point.

Unit 2 Externally set assignment released beginning of February each year and examination at the end of April.

A2

Unit 1 Work is presently a divided assessment into 60% of the total qualification. Students need to show a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on a personal theme of their own choice. Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives and will be marked out of 44. These are developing ideas, exploring media, developing and applying skills, researching, recording, analysing and reviewing and creating and presenting outcome(s). The Personal Study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a maximum of 3000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. Work must cover all four assessments. In 2017 this will change and weighting will be 50% of the total A level qualification and will change to 1000 word essay.

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. Art: C or if not studied: Technology subject: C.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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