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Photography (AQA) at Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

You can select AS (one year) or A Level photography (two years).

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. This course requires an enthusiasm for photography and the Visual Arts, imagination and an enquiring mind. You are encouraged to express your own artistic identity, be creative, thoughtful and independent. You will be given the opportunity to explore a range of photographic media and techniques and use computer software to explore, develop and create your work. You are required to make frequent trips to museums and galleries to research your own work and to arrange photo-shoots to create your work. You are expected to commit to 5 hours a week working independently on your coursework. This may include making visits, photo-shoots and time spent in the department developing coursework. You are encouraged to use your study periods and the weekly workshops to work on your coursework taking advantage of the facilities and support within the department.

All work submitted will be marked by the course teacher and moderated by the examining board.

PLEASE NOTE: This course could run over the 3 schools. Details of where this course will run in September will be available at a later date.

Course content

AS (one year course) Component 1: Coursework Portfolio 60%

You will begin the course by attending a series of workshops designed to introduce a range of photography, creative thinking and research skills that will arm you with the tools you need to create your coursework. You will be given a theme as a starting point, from which you are expected to develop your ideas through; research, photography, planning and organising photo-shoots and analysing other artists and photographers work. You will develop your work by experimenting with a range of photography techniques and refining and developing your ideas as work progresses.

AS Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%

You will be given a question paper set by the examining board AQA. The paper contains five exciting and varied themes. You choose one theme to explore and develop into a final piece that is completed during 10 hours of supervised time.

A Level (two year course) Component 1: Personal Investigation 60%

You will begin the course by attending a series of workshops designed to introduce a range of photography, creative thinking and research skills that will arm you with the tools you need to create your coursework.

You will then have complete freedom to choose your own theme, your ‘Personal Investigation’, where you select an idea, issue, concept or theme to explore. Your practical work produced during this unit will be supported by written reflection (1000-3000 words).

A Level Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%

You will be given a question paper by the examining board AQA. The paper contains eight exciting themes. You choose one to explore and develop into a final piece that will be completed during 15 hours supervised time.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 5 in either GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Photography, GCSE Textiles or Head of Department approval of Portfolio.

Financial information

£30.00 deposit to cover all text books to be paid on enrolment day. This will be refunded at the end of your course once your books have been returned to the subject teacher.

£5.00 non-refundable payment for an Access Key Fob to access Gable Hall School, Sixth Form and St Clere's School..

Future opportunities

A Level Photography can lead to higher qualifications, such as the Foundation Diploma and Degree.

It can also lead to a variety of creative careers including:

• Photography

• Film

• Television and Visual Culture

• Animation

• Graphic Design

• Marketing and Journalism

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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