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Art & Design: Photography AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content

AS: Unit 1 - Coursework (60%) - Coursework unit comprises of internally set broad project themes that students explore, experiment, develop and refine towards finished outcomes. Preparatory studies - Students should use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Students may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images presented in sketchbooks or design sheets
 
Unit 2 - Exam (40%) - The externally set assignment is issued 6-8 weeks in advance of the timed test (practical - 10 hrs) giving time to plan and prepare a visual response to the set theme
 
A2: - Unit 3 Coursework (60%) - Coursework unit comprises of personal project investigation that students explore, experiment, develop and refine towards finished outcomes. Preparatory studies are presented in sketchbooks/work books/journals/design sheets. An extended written assignment where students profile their own work and ideas alongside artists’ work is also required
 
Unit 4 - Exam (40%) - The externally set assignment is issued 6-8 weeks in advance of the timed test (practical - 15 hrs) giving time to plan and prepare a visual response to the set theme.

 

Entry requirements

Independent learning and self-organisation
Self-motivation & discipline
Passion for the arts scene – visiting galleries/exhibitions etc.
Problem solving, reviewing and modifying skills
Good observation skills & critical analysis skills.
You will need access to a digital SLR

Assessment

Both courses are taught across 4 assessment objectives (equal in weighting) that measures success against research, development, experimentation & investigation, refinement and making.
 
All units are internally marked and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities for Photography graduates include, film, television, conservation, theatre design, graphic design, marketing, fashion, teaching and museum education.

Further information

Personal research, experimentation & development of ideas Coverage of two or more of the following:
 
Portraiture
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)
Photography (theory and history)
Site visits, exhibition, gallery and museum visits

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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