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Photography A-Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

This exciting A level  begins with an AS qualification, which comprises of two components, a coursework portfolio and an exam project.  Each component is worth 50% of the total marks. Work for this course consists of sketchbook work, research, camera use, studio use, darkroom use, photoshop digital image editing and image presentation.

This course is for those students who have a genuine interest in photography and the visual arts. No prior knowledge of photography is needed to study this course but you will need an artistic eye and a creative mind. You do not need a GCSE in art and design to study photography, but this would be an advantage. We would like all students starting the course to have 5GCSE’s grade A*-C including maths and english.

 

Course content

The course teaches you: camera skills, editing skills, research skills, visual analysis, darkroom skills, presentation skills and creative problem solving. Sessions are largely practical and students are encouraged to explore their ideas using a camera in a creative way.

AS

One year stand alone qualification

40% Coursework Portfolio - Researching the work of photographers, developing ideas, camera use and creating final images. The portfolio consists of 2/3 main projects which allow students to show case their skills.

60% Externally set exam project - Researching the work of photographers, developing ideas, camera use and creating final images. The exam project is practical and will be supported by the classroom teacher, each student chooses a theme from the paper to work from and develop in their own direction. The exam project has a 5hr piece of timed work during which the students work unaided.

A2

This is a two year qualification with a terminal exam

40% Coursework Portfolio (personal study) - Researching the work of photographers, developing ideas, camera use and creating final images. The personal study consists of an essay of 1000-3000 words on a theme of the students choice which acts as a spring board for their practical work.

60% Externally set exam project - Researching the work of photographers, developing ideas, camera use and creating final images. The exam project is practical and will be supported by the classroom teacher, each student chooses a theme from the paper to work from and develop in their own direction. The exam project has a 15hr final piece during which the students work unaided to produce their final prints.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade A*-C including maths and English.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed against the A level criteria and you will receive regular written and verbal feedback which will ensure you are working towards your target grade. At the end of each project you will receive a more formal assessment and an A-Level grade, students are always given time to improve their work and there are often catch up sessions scheduled outside receive lessons to support individuals learning needs.

Future opportunities

There are a variety of career paths you could explore with a photography qualification, wedding photographer, photojournalist, picture editor, sports photographer, fashion photographer, advertising, magazine editor, stylist, forensic photographer, scientific photographer and commercial photographer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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