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Photography A Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

Everyone can take a photo but not everyone is a photographer.

During the A level you will create a strong portfolio of work in a range of areas. Nearly everyone uses a camera but the A level course teaches you about how to create strong images, how to use your camera to its full potential and develop images from a given brief.

We will use AQA exam board to study photography. You will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes and be made aware of both traditional (darkroom) and new technologies. We will look at a range of different artists and photographers from the past and present while you investigate and make your own images in different styles and genres.

You will use sketchbooks to display your work and create ideas and you may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images. Students will be assessed on the context of the content and skills presented as well as the importance of process.

You will be required to work in one or more areas of photography, such as portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, fashion, experimental, multimedia, installation or moving image.

We will look at the use of colour, line, form, pattern and texture and consider how to engage an audience and work with a given brief. You will learn about camera functions, aperture and shutter speed looking at composition and depth of field using a specialised vocabulary.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.