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A Level Photography at The Elmgreen School

Course description

Is this course for me?
Students studying Photography will develop their imagination, creativity, practical and critical thinking skills and will learn to respond visually to the world around them. The course equips students with traditional and experimental photographic skills and techniques to put their ideas into practice. The skills developed in Photography are of practical use in many careers and are a source of pleasure in their own right.

What will I learn?
You will learn to demonstrate the use of compositional and technical camera skills, and give visual form to thinking, feeling, observation, design and ideas. You will show evidence of observing, analysing and responding to ideas, issues and artists’ work. The course includes digital, film and camera-less photography, along with some video and animation. You will also be encouraged to use multi-disciplinary techniques and processes to develop your projects, such as painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, alternative media, and textiles.

Course content

First Year: AS
Unit 1: Art and Design Coursework After introductory half-term you will select a personal focus to develop a personal project.
Unit 2: Art and Design Externally Set Assignment. Preparation: 8 – 10 weeks. 8 hours timed realisation.
Second Year: A2
Unit 3: Art and Design Coursework You produce practical work and an in-depth study of artists linked to your interests in art (min 1000 words)
Unit 4: Art and Design Externally Set Assignment. Preparation: 8 – 10 weeks. 12 hours timed realisation.

Entry requirements

Grade C in Art GCSE and a portfolio of work


- Develop ideas through sustained and focussed investigations demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
- Experiment with and select appropriate resources and materials, reviewing and refining as work develops.
- Record ideas, observations and insights, demonstrating an ability to reflect on work and progress.
- Present a personal informed and meaningful response

Future opportunities

This qualification could prepare you for careers and further educational qualifications in:
- Advertising/Marketing/New Media
- Architecture
- Film and video
- Computer and Video games
- Fashion and Textile Design
- Theatre
- Art Direction
- Illustration
- Packaging Design
- Interior Design
- Education
- Photography
- Community Arts
- Curating

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Elmgreen School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015
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