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Photography A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

The study of Photography will deepen your understanding of the visual world across different times and cultures and introduce you to the diverse roles and functions of Photography in contemporary life. A foundation in this subject can lead to a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries, an area experiencing great expansion in this country. Photography is important because all sectors of the job market require creative thinkers who can innovate, see and make connections, solve problems and make informed decisions and judgements. This course will give you many transferable skills you can use in the future. 

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will use traditional methods and/or digital techniques. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is an integral part of the investigating and making process. You will produce a sketchbook / workbook / journal to underpin your work, documenting your research and recording the development of your own work. You should be able to express ideas and link your intentions to outcomes in a confident and assured manner.

Course content

This exciting hands-on course offers you the knowledge and skill to become highly inventive in the creation and production of eye catching, thought provoking imagery. The course follows both traditional and digital techniques where much emphasis is based upon the research and study of both historical and contemporary photographers. Developing, printing and dark room techniques will be a core part of the course. Digital cameras will also be used and image manipulation working with computers and software such as Adobe Photoshop. There is a strong emphasis on creativity and personal expression as well as skills and techniques.

Entry requirements

The Academic Advanced Programme minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs (2Bs, 3Cs) including English Language/Literature and Maths. No previous qualification in photography is required.

Future opportunities

Many students have gone on to take specialist Photography/Media Higher Education courses. Some are currently employed in photographic and other related industries, whilst others are involved in creative fields and teaching. Many students study photography as part of a wider learning experience and are successful in many various vocations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.