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Art & Design Photography A at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

A Level Photography takes place over 2 years and can lead to direct entry onto higher education photography and art and design courses.  Expectations are very high and results are excellent.  Students feedback on the course is consistently very positive and your individuality is encouraged and respected.  Teaching studios are stimulating and well equipped with high quality photographic equipment and Apple laptops.  Staff are very experienced and give expert, personalised tuition.  There is a comprehensive enrichment programme fully supported by staff.  In year 13, extra tuition is given on further and higher education entry, portfolio preparation and interview technique.  There are very good links with local FE colleges.  There is no AS exam in year 12.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

Digital Photography using a wide range of equipment and techniques.  Drawing for photography using traditional drawing materials.  Exploring visual language.  Researching and developing resources.  Exploring personal responses to given and own themes.  Creative use of visual media.  Contectual work from contemporary and historical sources.  Presentation and visual communication skills.  You will investigate a personalised theme through the medium of photography.  You will research, investigate and experiment with photographic techniques and processes in order to create photographic outcomes that realise your creative intentions.  You will have the oppportunity to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of the work of other photographers.  The externally set assignment involves you investigating a theme set by the exam board.  The ESA gives you the opportunity to build on the learning from your coursework.  The ESA finishes with a 15 hour period of independent work during which you will produce your final ESA outcomes.

Entry requirements

We require students to have passed some form of visual art qualification at KS4.  This is a creative Art course, not a course of photographic techniques.  High standards are only achieved by students who use photography as a medium for their creative visual ideas.  Visual learning at this level is much more demanding than most students realise.  


How will I be assessed at A Level?

Component 1:  Coursework 60%

Internally set, internally marked, externally moderated.  This takes place throughout year 12 and the first term in year 13.

Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment 40%

Externally set, internally marked, externally moderated.  This takes place in the Spring term in year 13.

Financial information

Two gallery visits per year (minimum) £40

Two sketch pads per year (minimum) £10

High capacity digital storage £15-£30

Future opportunities

The visual and creative arts (including photography) are big businesses with a huge number of specialisms.  Creative industries in the UK contribute £60 billion to the economy and employ 1.4 million people.  People with creative skills are highly valued in a rapidly changing world of work.

The potential career possibilities for Photography graduates are extensive with innovations in media and technology constantly creating new opportunities.  These include web based industries, multimedia industries, advertising, architecture, fine art and commercial art, computer related design, fashion, film and television, graphic design, photography, print media and teaching.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20