Photography - A Level at Chichester College
This popular course is designed for hard-working, highly motivated individuals who wish to develop their photographic, observational and analytical skills and increase their knowledge of this contemporary subject. In addition to photography, darkroom work and digital image manipulation, considerable time is spent planning, analysing, evaluating and writing work up in your sketchbooks. You are encouraged to respond to set themes in a creative and individual manner.
The course starts with lots of 'how to' ... how to understand and use your camera functions and settings, how to analyse an image, how to write-up your sketchbook, how to compose an image, how to develop a film, how to make an enlargement and so on. As the course develops you will work on specific project themes. In these projects you will be encouraged to develop your own creative skills, producing outcomes which are both original and personal to you. During the latter part of the course you will spend 8 weeks working on a theme set by the exam board (Edexcel) to produce an artistic personal response. You will record all your work: research, thoughts, ideas, plans, contact sheets, enlargements and evaluations in an A4 size art sketchbook.
The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical work and personal research & experimentation. Each week you will have a lesson in the Image Centre where most of the practical skills are taught and a lesson in a computer suite where theory and digital topics are taught. Handouts are often given and lesson resources uploaded onto the college moodle site. You are required to carry out research and practical assignments in your own time (minimum of 5 hours per week)
A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A*-C including an art based subject and English Language. At Interview you are required to bring a portfolio / sketchbook of art work with you. If you have not studied an art based GCSE you will need to attend a second interview to present a portfolio
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chichester College directly.