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Photography A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

The AS and A2 level courses are delivered in a variety of appropriate ways, as it is a challenging subject where both creative and technical ability will be important. The course combines practical creation of your own images with critical studies of the work done by photographers throughout the last century.

There will be gallery visits, practical field trips and visits by practicing photographers. Lessons will include theory seminars and practical workshops. The course includes digital imaging as well as conventional photography. Group discussions and individual tutorials will take place throughout the course.

Course content

The AS level course covers basic camera operation, processing black and white film and paper, digital imaging and practical studio photography as well as image interpretation and contextual study. You will research two subject areas by collecting visual and written material. While collecting information you will take photographs influenced by your investigations.

Your aim will be to demonstrate a progressive development of your work. You will place your work and that of others in context and produce a final outcome of quality images. Finally, you will undertake a controlled assignment, consisting of a practical photographic exercise supported by visual and written research, over a set period of time.

The A2 course covers more advanced camera operation using a range of techniques: processing black and white film and paper, practical studio photography and digital imaging, as well as image interpretation and contextual study.

Work for Unit 3 will involve collecting visual and written material. While collecting information you will take photographs influenced by your investigations. The personal study comprises of a 1000-3000 word document, exploring in depth your chosen subject and photographs to support this. Visits to National exhibitions will be a requirement. Finally, you will undertake a controlled test

Entry requirements

There is no requirement to have studied Art at GCSE, but a creative and technical interest is essential.

Assessment

Coursework and Exam based assignments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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

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