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Photography A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Photography A’Level is suited to students looking for a creative career in the media, design, architecture, advertising and film and TV. You will need to be a creative thinker, capable of developing ideas through independent research. In Photography, we do not insist that you have a GCSE in the subject, but you should at least have a GCSE in Art, as the creative process of research and development of ideas are very similar. All students develop a portfolio of work which shows their ability to communicate an idea visually resulting in a final outcome which is unique and personal.

Most importantly, you should enjoy the subject and be passionate about it! If you find going to galleries to view artwork a chore, this is not the subject for you. We look for enthusiastic, creative thinkers who are happy to share ideas with the teacher and their peers. You should be able to draw influence from art, photography, literature, music, or any other topic of interest to you. We encourage individuality coupled with an ability to work on your own. Be prepared to commit time to homework.

Course content

Awarding body: WJEC Photography (5290)

Unit 1: Candidate Portfolio (30%)
Based on themes and subject matter developed from personal starting points. Developing students skills and techniques through a range of studio, dark room and computer based methods. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates.

Unit 3: Personal Investigation (30%)
Based on themes and subject matter developed from personal starting points that requires the candidate to communicate their understanding through integrated images and texts, with use of a sketchbook. Students need to be confident with analytical research based on aspects of the course. Art History and documenting through investigation and writing are key. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates.

Unit 3: Controlled Assignment (40%)
Comprises an externally set assignment presented to the candidates at the start of the preparation period for the controlled test that will be a continuous period of focused study of fifteen hours. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates.

Further information

More frequently in recent years universities are looking for signs and evidence of creative skills across the curriculum, but in particular, Photography complements subjects such as English, Music, History and Product Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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