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Art & Design (Photography) AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

This is a course for students who are interested in Photography as an art and media medium. Students will explore and use a variety of methods and techniques, from that of traditional photography to digital image making. Work in Photography should form a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches which go beyond more observation and recording. We encourage students to visit galleries locally a nd in Edinburgh/London. The Art department organises trips in the spring/summer term. This enables students to experience a rich variety of historical and contemporary work, which will subsequently inform their own creativity. Students are also encouraged to submit their work for Aerie International, the International Literary Arts Magazine.

Course content

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:-

  • Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
  • Documentary photography, photojournalism
  • Fashion photography
  • Experimental imagery
  • Multimedia
  • Photographic installation
  • Moving image (video, film, animation)
  • Portraiture

Entry requirements

Five or more A*- C grades at GCSE, including English Language and Maths. A grade B or above in GCSE Art or Photography, Graphics, Textiles or Media is required. (Or a confident portfolio of photography work and knowledge of photographers or artists).

Assessment

Year 1 (Year 12) - Autumn Term - Students will undertake a skills/foundation project designed to develop their practical and written skills. This will include contextual studies and written analysis. Using cameras and chemical processes to create images will be our focus this term.

Spring Term - Develop personal responses to a brief; leading to 15 hour outcome in February.

March/April - Begin to develop ideas for a personal investigation.

Component 1: Personal Investigation - this is a practical investigation supported by written material. Candidates are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The written material must be a coherent and logically structured extended response of between 1000 and 3000 words of continuous prose.

Assessed-work is marked as a whole and must cover the 4 Assessment objectives; out of a total of 96 marks. This work provides 60% of the total A-Level marks. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. (Normally in June.)

 

Year 2 (Year 13) Component 1: Personal Investigation continued through to January 2018.

Component 2: Externally–Set Assignment

Response to an externally set assignment - issued to candidates on the 1st of February 2018. The externally set assignment will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Candidates have a preparatory period and fifteen hours supervised time.

Assessed-work is marked as a whole and must cover the 4 Assessment objectives; out of a total of 96 marks. This work provides 40% of the total A-Level marks. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to thecentre. (Normally in June.)

 

Future opportunities

Art and design (Photography) A-level builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed through study at GCSE. At the end of the A-level course you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for higher education.

Possible career options - Studying a photography related degree at university will give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities, including Commercial photographer, Fashion photographer, Filmmaker, Fine art photographer, Forensic photographer, Industrial photographer, Medical photographer, Nature photographer, Photographic illustrator, Photographic technician, Teacher, Photojournalist, Picture editor, Researcher, Social photographer, Sports photographer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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