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Photography AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

A/S Photography is designed to give you the tools to enable you to express your ideas and opinions, and to start to look carefully at the world around you. This is done is through looking at how other Photographers work, and learning to employ their methods in a meaningful way to help you get your message across. You will learn how to use many types of creative Photography including using the darkroom, studio lighting, use of unusual lighting and storytelling. You will be taught how to use both black and white and digital cameras, as well as Photoshop. The themes covered throughout the year include portraiture, unusual lighting, and storytelling. Aspects of these are then extended into a more personal project.

Course content

AS PHOTOGRAPHY 

AS Photography is designed to give you the tools to enable you to express your ideas and opinions, and to start to look carefully at the world around you. This is done is through looking at how other Photographers work, and learning to employ their methods in a meaningful way to help you get your message across. You will learn how to use many types of creative Photography including using the darkroom, studio lighting, use of unusual lighting and storytelling. You will be taught how to use both black and white and digital cameras, as well as Photoshop. The themes covered throughout the year include portraiture, unusual lighting, and storytelling. Aspects of these are then extended into a more personal project. 

A2 PHOTOGRAPHY

By this stage you are expected to be able to work independently on a Personal Study. You will start with an idea of your own choice, which may be something you touched on in A/S, or a new theme you wish to explore. You need to pick something you are excited about, that will sustain your interest throughout the course of the year. Using research as a starting point, it is now your chance to explore the areas YOU are interested in. With the support and guidance of your teacher, you will get the chance to experiment and explore your creativity, producing an in-depth personal study.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C and above in 6 subjects, ideally GCSE Art or Graphic Design Grade C OR must have GCSE Art/Graphics OR Photography portfolio.

Financial information

Due to the expensive nature of equipment and material, students will be required to purchase their own cameras, information on specific type and costs will be given during the induction days. Information and practical assistance is given at the start of the course, so that these items can be obtained at the most competitive rates. If students own their own equipment, they will be able to work on their ideas outside of school time, as school insurance is unable to cover any equipment loaned. If students are not able to purchase their own digital SLR cameras they may choose to borrow one belonging to the school. This will incur an additional deposit of £30, which will be reimbursed to the student at the end of the course if no breakages have occurred. In addition, the yearly cost for film, photographic paper memory cards and sketch books will be £15 for AS and £10 for A2.

Future opportunities

As well as a greater understanding of the visual world and a Photographic portfolio, successful completion of the AS/A2 can, when combined with other subjects, lead you on to degree courses at University or careers which directly involve photography and/or Art. These include Art Foundation, Media, Multi-Media, Graphic Design, Journalism, Advertising, PR, medical/forensic photography and many more. The photographic skills will also be relevant to degrees in subjects such as Geography, Archaeology, and Biology.

Possible Career Pathways
Scientific photographer, forensic photographer, Medical photographer, Advertising and Editorial photographer, Press photographer, Photojournalist, General practice/high street photographer, Fashion Photographer, Corporate photographer, Staff photographer, e.g. museums, armed forces, RAF, etc.

Further information

For further information contact Ms N Murray

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barking Abbey School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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