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Photography AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

This is essentially an arts-based photography course, that focuses on the use of the photographic medium for personal creative expression.

Skills Required

A desire to create exciting and visually interesting imagery. An ability to reflect upon images created and develop/improve them further. A willingness to engage with, understand and write about how other photographers have used the photographic medium to communicate. The ability to manage time/resources/workload to meet deadlines. A sensitivity to the need to present work in a considered, clear and professional manner.

Course content

Coursework Portfolio: A broad introduction to a variety of photographic practices, initially following a series of mini-projects set within the department. All work is thoroughly grounded in the research and appreciation of lens-based practices both historical and modern. This leads to a presentation of research and development and final piece(s) in a final portfolio.

Controlled Assignment: Students respond to one of a range of starting points set by the exam board. A period of supported development work during Spring of the AS year leads to a 10 hour controlled test in which an outcome is to be produced.

Personal Investigation: A development of the work done at AS but with an emphasis on depth of engagement with photographers and processes that leads to one major project. The direction of study is increasingly student led, and once again leads to a mature presentation of ideas and research, together with final portfolio work. Includes a related written element of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose.

Controlled Assignment: Students respond to one of a range of starting points set by the exam board. A period of supported development work leads to a 15 hour controlled test in which an outcome is to be produced.

Entry requirements

Required
A grade B or above at GCSE Art. In exceptional circumstances students who have not achieved a B may be admitted at the discretion of the Head of Department. If they have not studied Art for GCSE students must meet with Head of Department and show evidence of photography skills.

Recommended
At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent).

Assessment

Coursework Portfolio: The AS coursework portfolio also forms part of the student's A2 coursework submission should the student elect to do the 2 year course.

Controlled Assignment: The Controlled Assignment accounts for 100% of the marks on the AS course.

Personal Investigation: The Personal Investigation accounts for 60% of the marks on the A Level course.

Controlled Assignment: The Controlled Assignment accounts for 40% of the marks on the A Level course.

Future opportunities

The photographic industry has many facets and, whilst the emphasis on this A Level course is on arts-based photography the course provides a starting point for all sectors of the industry. It would be possible therefore to consider careers in photojournalism or editorial photography, fashion & advertising, police or medical imaging as well as fine art approaches to the medium. Intelligent image-making skills are an asset in related careers in the print/publishing sector, or even fields as diverse as archaeology, environmental science and graphic design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Plymstock School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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