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Photography at The Arnewood School

Course description

The photography qualification should form a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the production and manipulation of images.

Students must employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording. Traditional skills will be touched upon, although the majority embraces digital technologies.

Course content

Students are required to:

  • Undertake visual research using primary and secondary sources and record observations, experiences and ideas.
  • Develop intentions, through the realisation of ideas and outcomes exploring and reviewing possible solutions and modifying work appropriately.
  • Understand and use a range of materials, equipment, processes and techniques to develop linked and sequenced work.
  • Know and understand a range of work from art history and different cultures, demonstrating an understanding of continuity and change in art, craft and design.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above is preferable.


  • AS Component 1: Art and Design coursework = (50% AS)
  • AS Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = (50% AS) Preparation period followed by an 10 hour exam
  • A2 Component 1: Art and Design Coursework = (60% A2)
  • A2 Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = (40% A2) Preparation period followed by a 15 hour exam.

Financial information

Students are encouraged to buy “The Photo Book” pocket A-Z guide published by Phaidon.

Photo Book students need to consider costs for A3 Portfolios, printing,
SD memory card and USB memory stick.

Having your own camera is advised but DSLR cameras are available to loan from the department.

Future opportunities

Success in this subject will clearly benefit you if you wish to take up an Arts Foundation
course or a related media/ photography/arts degree course, Graphics Illustration, Game design and animation.

Career opportunities include travel, sports and portrait  photography. Working for a design company or going freelance, Media and filmmaking

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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