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Photography A level at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

Year Year 12:
The main purpose of any course in Art and Design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using photography. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop the specialist vocabulary and knowledge and understanding of the place of photography and design in history and contemporary society.
If you are interested in learning the techniques and analysis of taking photographs, manipulating digitally, and making photographic artworks, then this course will appeal to you.
This is a course, which has been designed especially for students to become independent and self-motivated learners. The study of photographers forms an essential backbone to the course, as well as links to artists, designers and culture in general. Students will be expected to become more and more independent in their studies, but will be guided at first by various themes. Students will be required to carry out detailed research and evaluate contemporary and historical photographs as well as their own work. They will be asked to produce shoots in response to research and in turn develop their own skills. The course will look at image manipulation with Photoshop and students will learn how to use ICT as a tool. Most work will be school based. However, a willingness to venture widely in pursuit of photography is an important quality to have on the course. We will also, run after-school sessions and will try to provide opportunities for visits. You will also be expected to complete further hours of independent study and research each week.

Portfolio Unit. Theme 1. Portraiture.
Theme 2. The City.
Set Assignment.

Year 13:
We begin the Year 13 course in the summer term of Year 12 following the completion of the Set Assignment. We encourage all our students to develop individual responses and to extend their understanding of photographic practice. Component 1 is a practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of photographers, artists, designers or craftspeople. Students should be selective when deciding what to submit for this unit. Alongside this practical study, students must produce an in depth essay of 1000 to 3000 words supporting their own knowledge and understanding of their own personal study.
The final Component 2 is working from set themes sent by the AQA Exam Board. You will choose one of these themes to develop.

Component 1: Personal Investigation. (60%)
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. (40%)
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The main purpose of any course in art and design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using photography. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop the specialist vocabulary and knowledge and understanding of the place of photography and design in history and contemporary society.
If you are interested in learning the techniques and analysis of taking photographs, manipulating digitally, and making photographic artworks, then this course will appeal to you.
This is a course, which has been designed especially for students to become independent and self-motivated learners. The study of photographers forms an essential backbone to the course, as well as links to artists, designers and culture in general. Students will be expected to become more and more independent in their studies, but will be guided at first by various themes. Students will be required to carry out detailed research and evaluate contemporary and historical photographs as well as their own work. They will be asked to produce shoots in response to research and in turn develop their own skills. The course will look at image manipulation with Photoshop and students will learn how to use ICT as a tool. Most work will be school based. However, a willingness to venture widely in pursuit of photography is an important quality to have on the course. We will also, run after-school sessions and will try to provide opportunities for visits. You will also be expected to complete further hours of independent study and research each week.

Unit 1: Portfolio Unit.  Theme 1. Portraiture. Theme 2. The City.
Unit 2:  Externally Set Assignment.

Year 13:

We begin the Year 13 course in the summer term of Year 12 following the completion of the Externally Set Assignment. We encourage all our students to develop individual responses and to extend their understanding of photographic practice. Unit 3 is a practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople. Students should be selective when deciding what to submit for this unit. Alongside this practical study, students must produce an in depth essay of 1000 to 2000 words supporting their own knowledge and understanding of their own personal study.
The final unit is once again working from set themes sent by the exam board. You will choose one of these themes to develop.

Unit 3: Personal Investigation.

Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment.

Course content

Year 12:
The main purpose of any course in Art and Design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using photography. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop the specialist vocabulary and knowledge and understanding of the place of photography and design in history and contemporary society.
If you are interested in learning the techniques and analysis of taking photographs, manipulating digitally, and making photographic artworks, then this course will appeal to you.
This is a course, which has been designed especially for students to become independent and self-motivated learners. The study of photographers forms an essential backbone to the course, as well as links to artists, designers and culture in general. Students will be expected to become more and more independent in their studies, but will be guided at first by various themes. Students will be required to carry out detailed research and evaluate contemporary and historical photographs as well as their own work. They will be asked to produce shoots in response to research and in turn develop their own skills. The course will look at image manipulation with Photoshop and students will learn how to use ICT as a tool. Most work will be school based. However, a willingness to venture widely in pursuit of photography is an important quality to have on the course. We will also, run after-school sessions and will try to provide opportunities for visits. You will also be expected to complete further hours of independent study and research each week.

Portfolio Unit. Theme 1. Portraiture.
Theme 2. The City.
Set Assignment.

Year 13:
We begin the Year 13 course in the summer term of Year 12 following the completion of the Set Assignment. We encourage all our students to develop individual responses and to extend their understanding of photographic practice. Component 1 is a practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of photographers, artists, designers or craftspeople. Students should be selective when deciding what to submit for this unit. Alongside this practical study, students must produce an in depth essay of 1000 to 3000 words supporting their own knowledge and understanding of their own personal study.
The final Component 2 is working from set themes sent by the AQA Exam Board. You will choose one of these themes to develop.

Component 1: Personal Investigation. (60%)
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. (40%)

Entry requirements

Year 12:
Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including a creative subject, for example Art, Graphics, Media as well as English and Maths. You should have an interest in creating and understanding photography and the determination to develop that interest.

Year 13:
Students must successfully complete all of the Year 12 units studied in order to continue with this course in Year 13.

Assessment

(Year12)
Portfolio Unit
This is an enquiry and theme based unit where you will work in a wide range of materials and techniques. This is developed into well-considered personal pieces linked to the experimental work and themed starting points. Throughout the unit you will also critically analyse aspects of photography.
Set Assignment
This unit is designed to give you the opportunity to explore one of 5-6 broad starting points. Included in this time is an unaided, supervised element during which you will be required to develop ideas on your chosen theme. You will then go on to continue your development or produce a personal final piece of work.

A level (Year 13)
Component 1 - Personal Investigation
The personal investigation gives you the opportunity to show how you can use photography to communicate and express your ideas. By this stage in the course, you will have developed your own personal style. This is your chance to express it fully and show the extent to which you can use the language of the subject and your understanding of the formal elements, the processes and practices of photography to communicate you own ideas, thoughts and feelings. Within the personal investigation you will present an illustrated essay of 1000 to 3000 words which links directly to your visual and practical work in this component.
Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment
The exam board sets this final unit. You will be able to choose from 7-8 different starting points, with the supervised, unaided element extended. You will have the opportunity to produce work in greater depth and to use any photographic process, technique or material of your choice for the final piece.
All components are marked internally and moderated by a visiting external examiner at the end of each year. Each component is graded out of 96 marks with 4 assessment objectives.
 

Future opportunities

Students of Photography have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. These might include such fields as graphic design, advertising, interior design, architecture, three-dimensional design, theatre design, publishing, fashion or film, Photo media and television to name a few.
 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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