Art and Design: Photography A level at Waddesdon CofE School
Students will be introduced to a variety of photographic experiences, media, processes and techniques. They will explore practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film.
GCSE (B or A Grade) in Photography is preferable but students who have not followed the course will be welcome subject only to a portfolio consultation with the Head of Art. You should have an aptitude for the subject, demonstrating creative skills and an ability to compose an image. You should have an understanding of the basic elements of photography – depth of field, light value, law of thirds, aperture, shutter speed, bracketing and so on, and also some understanding of the place of photography in the world – its history and its purpose. You should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities and devoting a substantial amount of time to the subject. Students who have not followed the course previously will be required to submit a portfolio of work at or before their consultation. They are advised to contact the Head of Art to discuss the requirements of the portfolio.
Component 1 Coursework No time limit 60% of total AS marks
The coursework is centre-assessed and moderated by AQA.
Candidates are required to submit a portfolio of photographic coursework made up of a number of photographic shoots, which must be accompanied by preliminary/supporting research. This component should be a clearly defined selection of coursework that demonstrates evidence of the working processes involved, addressing all four assessment objectives, development of ideas, experimentation and selection, recording skills leading to the outcomes. Analysis of photographers will be an integral part of the portfolio.
Advanced Level (A2)
The full A-Level qualification is made up of the two units studied at Advanced level. The approach to the work builds upon the structure and approach of the AS course but is totally separate from it.
There are many careers in photography and film. Most of these progression routes require further study at an art school, further education college or university. Specialised courses are available. Others may go directly into work in such fields as advertising or a commercial photographic studio.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.