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Photography at Brighouse High School

Course description

Being creative is the next big thing. Every good company realises that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business. So your creativity isn’t just a way of satisfying your artistic soul…it can open the door to exciting career opportunities as well. 
 
This exciting A level is a practical course that allows you to be as creative as you want to be. 
 
There are 3 specialist areas you can choose from, this one is specialising in PHOTOGRAPHY. During the course you will find out about a whole range of different media, techniques and processes. From camera work, through ICT to experimentation with a range of photography techniques, you just can’t have enough ideas when it comes to expressing yourself. 
 
The course is big on hands on experience too. It’s the work YOU produce that counts. 
 
Look at the work of past students that is on exhibition both at the sixth form and the main site. The emphasis in this course is learning by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work. 
 
Lessons are taught at the main school site at Finkil Street. This is where all specialist equipment is. However you can carry on with work at the Sixth form as you have access to ICT and Art boxes bookable from the Library.
 

Course content

One year AS level Course Content: Portfolio

Induction (Teacher led)

This induction period will give you an opportunity to get to grips with using the camera and use of a range of techniques to develop their skills in the formal elements of photography.

 Various briefs will challenge you to respond to portrait, documentary, fashion and other types of photography whilst considering elements such as light, shutter speed, composition, viewpoints, depth of field and many more. From the initial induction, you will be given a starting point in which you will develop a variety of ideas and eventually provide a personal response.

 You will be expected to research the work of others, develop ideas and take a series of photographs in response. Begin to work more independently and visit places of interest to get the best out of the project.

 Grading of unit: You will then have a brief period of time to complete any outstanding work by the deadline of January 31st. The grading provided before Christmas will provide significant information regarding the improvement or development of your work during this time to achieve your best possible grade.

 Outcome: Portfolio of work ready for exhibition. 

 Externally set assignment:-The week of February 1st the exam papers will be given out.

There will be a choice of 5 titles set by the exam board. It is essential you attend ALL exam lessons. You will complete a preparation period before doing a 10 hour exam. Details of this will be on the notice board.

 Outcome: A completed project ready for exhibition. The course culminates with you putting up an exhibition of all your work. This is all completed before you go on study leave.

Two year A level Course Content:  Induction

During the first year you use your time to develop your skills via a range of practical sessions. You will experiment and explore a variety of techniques and styles to develop your ideas. You will also research the work of others.

 Outcome: A portfolio of work to show your development (not formally assessed)

 Personal investigation:- this is your opportunity to create a set of in-depth coursework exploring a theme that interests you or has been suggested. This is done in discussion with your teacher. You will be expected to work more independently, increasing your knowledge, skills and understanding and creating a increased depth of study through your practical. This work is supported by a written personal study of 1000-3000 words.

 Duration March (year12) to 31st January 

 Externally set assignment:-The week of February 1st the exam papers will be given out. There will be a choice from 8 themes set by the exam board. It is essential you attend ALL exam lessons. You will complete a period of preparation time before completing your outcome in a 15 hours exam period.

 Details of this will be on the notice board.

 The course culminates with you putting up an exhibition of all your work. This is all completed before you go on study leave.

 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.

GCSE Photography is desirable/ a B grade is preferable if studied.

 

 

 

Assessment

Assessment: 1 portfolio and 1 externally set assignment Completed and presented in 2018.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: This is a two year linear course. The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

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