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Photography A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

A Level Photography incorporates digital and black and white film based photography. We use Photoshop as our principle software. Photography is a popular course. We are looking for students who can show creativity, imagination, commitment and a willingness to understand the technical aspects of the subject.

Course content

Students are given the opportunity to undertake pin hole photography, creative photograms, learn darkroom skills, use digital and film SLR cameras and Photoshop elements. You will explore photography in a creative and personal way, creating studio based work as well as exploring your community and wider environment. Gaining an understanding of photography’s place within the history of art and knowledge of genres and photographers is an important part of the course and extends research and analytical skills.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Art. (If you haven’t studied GCSE Art, you will need to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of work).


Students are guided through a structured course, developing the skills to become independent thinkers. While starting points in projects might be shared, the course allows students to develop a degree of autonomy and individual direction within their work.

During the course, students have the opportunity to visit major exhibitions of contemporary photography. They are also encouraged to visit local photography exhibitions independently. We also invite photographers and specialist practitioners to lead workshops and talk about their professional experience. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the College’s gallery.

You need to be self-motivated as you will have to take some of your photographs out of school time and travel to interesting locations. You also need to be committed to the subject as during the first term many new skills have to be learnt. There is a written element in this course. You will have to annotate your work and analyse photographs. You will also research and write about different genres, photographers and art movements. Students who choose to study Photography will need a 35 mm single lens reflex manual camera and have access to a digital camera. They will be expected to purchase film, paper and other materials during the course.

Future opportunities

Universities offer a variety of photography courses, ranging from documentary photography to fine art photography. An A Level in Photography can also be an advantage to students wishing to follow media related courses such as journalism and film courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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