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Photography A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Photography?
Photography will develop your creativity in many ways. You will explore ideas and the work of other photographers, develop your critical skills and acquire a high level of composition and presentation skills. Whatever your interest - portraiture, landscape photography, experimental imagery, photo journalism, still life etc - we will tailor the course to suit your individual requirements.

We are committed to helping you to gain a more informed understanding and appreciation of the photographic art form and world around you. We will help you develop your imaginative, experimental and expressive powers and your technical skills. You will also learn to use industry standard software such as Photoshop to manipulate imagery to a high professional standard. Results are some of the very best with many students achieving an A or A*, some of whom joined us with grade C at GCSE.

There is a dedicated photography studio, professional digital cameras and a Mac computer suite with state-of-the-art industry-standard editing programs. There are also regular visits to galleries including Liverpool Tate, Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art gallery.

What will I be doing?
Through your sketchbooks and end-of-course exhibition you will demonstrate the development of your understanding and photographic skills over the course of your artistic journey.

You will:

  • Explore visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture
  • Develop an appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement
  • Make appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting
  • Understand a range of techniques related to developing and printing images, presentation and layout

What can I study it with?
It particularly complements Art & Design, Art History, Graphics, Fashion Textiles, Film & TV Production, Performing Arts and Media Studies.

Career opportunities
We have a strong tradition of students progressing onto Photography and related degree courses at universities highly regarded for their art programmes e.g. University of Oxford, Kingston University and Leeds College of Art and Design. It isan ideal choice for a career in visual communication, such as photojournalism, fashion photography, travel photography, advertising or graphic design.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*-C, including:

Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics. Grade C in Art or Photography is desirable but not essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September