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Photography A Level at New College Nottingham

Course description

Photography can be provocative, heart-warming, challenging and eye-opening. This course is for you if you want to understand how to use a camera to capture a shot or a scene perfectly in different conditions. You’ll be a creative person, who enjoys experimenting with new techniques and styles.

This course has an experimental and practical approach designed to build on your existing skills. Working in our industry standard IT suites, you'll be using the most up-to-date packages to enhance and develop your photographs. Getting you into focus for your career, which is just a click away! 

Course content

The course is experimental and practical in approach and is designed to build on your existing skills. Topics include: history of photography (equipment, materials, photographers and photographic movements); general photographic theory; darkroom skills for black and white photography; digital photography; using Photoshop; and photographic contextual studies.

Entry requirements

You'll need 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English Language, Maths and Art and Design, plus you’ll have a strong interest in photography. 


You’ll undertake a combination of coursework, personal investigation and a controlled test.
AS Level: two coursework assignments supported by developmental work; controlled assignment.
A Level: a major coursework assignment, supported by developmental work and a sketchbook personal investigation; controlled assignment.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a related higher education course such as photography, media or art and design. 

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!