Photography A Level at Acton High School
The AS course consists of 2 projects for the portfolio and one externally set assignment. Each project is based on a different theme and is designed to teach different skills, using different materials to produce a variety of different outcomes to form a finished piece (Traditional black and white prints or Digital manipulated prints). Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. Students will explore relevant images, artifacts and resources through investigated tasks, which relates to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Their responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities. Students should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product. Students are adviced to use journals to underpin their work where appropriate. Students may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images. In addition, students are encouraged to visit exhibitions independently.
Introduction to and exploration of ideas, materials, techniques and processes aiding the development of skills, knowledge and understanding. Introduction to research skills, methods and a range of sources. Students produce a portfolio and begin work on an extended project.
Students complete the Externally set assignment from February. In May students complete the extended project and select work for submission.
In addition to all of the above in Year 12, in Year 13 students continue to add to their portfolio and will start a personal investigation, and complete an externally set assignment from February.
If GCSE Photography was taken in Year 11, must have achieved Grade C or above.
Many students subsequently go on to study Multimedia at degree level, eventually working in a wide range of Artistic careers. The course offers excellent opportunities to develop cultural and artistic understanding alongside creative skills that would benefit a series of careers including photojournalist and graphic designer.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Acton High School directly.