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Photography - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course description

The main purpose of any course in the arts and photograpahy is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and perhaps even contribute for the benefit of everyone. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using photography. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop the specialist vocabulary and knowledge and understanding of the place of photography in history and contemporary society.

Entry requirements

Art or Textiles GCSE grade B or a current photographic portfolio


AS Level

Unit 1 – Portfolio Unit

This is an enquiry and theme-based unit where you will work in a wide range of materials and techniques. The first section is based on experimentation with chemical and digital photography. This is developed into well-considered personal pieces linked to the experimental work and themed starting points. Throughout the unit you will also critically analyse aspects of photography.

Unit 2 – Externally-Set Assignment

This unit is designed to give you the opportunity to explore a broad starting point set by the exam board. The work for this unit will take place between February and April. Included in this is a timed unaided supervised element, during which you will develop ideas on your chosen theme. You will then go on to continue your development or produce a personal final piece of work.

A Level

Unit 3 – Personal Investigation

The personal investigation gives you the opportunity to show how you can use photography to communicate and express your ideas. By this stage in the course, you will have developed your own personal style. This is your chance to express it fully and show the extent to which you can use the language of the subject and your understanding of the formal elements, the processes and practices of photography to communicate your own ideas, thoughts and feelings. Within the personal investigation you will present an illustrated essay of 1,000 to 3,000 words which links directly to your visual and practical work in this unit.

Unit 4 – Externally-Set Assignment

This final unit is set by the exam board. You will be able to choose from a broad starting point, similar in nature to Unit 2. The supervised unaided element will take place at the end of the unit. You will have the opportunity to produce work in greater depth and to use any photographic process, technique or material of your choice for the final piece that you complete in the supervised time.

Future opportunities

Students with AS or A Level Photography have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. Many of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university.

At present many students go on to a one-year Foundation course at an art college or college of further education before applying to degree level courses in more specialist areas of art and design. These might include careers in such fields as graphic design, advertising, interior design, architecture, three-dimensional design, theatre design, publishing, fashion, or film, photomedia and television.

Further information

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • wish to undertake further studies in Photography or another Art and Design subject
  • are looking to take up careers for which a photography background is relevant

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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