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Art AQA GCE A-level (Photography) at Cornwall College

Course description

The course is for people aged 16 and over who are interested in developing their ability to produce visually and technically competent collections of photographs based on specific themes. It will particularly appeal to students who want to communicate their ideas visually; who are interested in the relationship between art and photography, enjoy looking at and discussing photographic work and want to engage with practical project-based photography.

Course content

In the first year, you will learn how to shoot, process, edit, print and present your own black and white photographs on specific themes. These are:

  • The Built Environment,
  • People and Human Situations
  • Self-portraiture
  • Visual language.

You will also be instructed in the use of 35mm SLR cameras as well as conventional darkroom practice, allowing you to make your own black and white photographs. Additionally, students learn about the history and development of the medium and become familiar with a range of important photographers′ work.

The majority of the second year is based on the practical production of your own photographs. The A2 is divided into 4 modules:

  • The Studio: in which students are taught about studio lighting and techniques.
  • The Street: in which students complete a documentary assignment.
  • The Land: in which students respond to ideas and approaches toward photographing the landscape.
  • The fourth module is concerned with responding to the examination question paper.

You will also be given contextual studies′ lectures which explore the work of a number of significant historical and contemporary photographers and the ideas and techniques behind their work.

Entry requirements

At the end of the course you should have developed a strong ability to communicate your ideas through the medium and have developed a sense of visual literacy that allows you to appreciate the language of photography, painting and film.

Entry to Higher Education photographic courses is contingent on a strong portfolio of work and this course will provide you with the opportunity to prepare a portfolio for application to HE institutions.

Future opportunities

You may follow up the AS by taking the A2 progamme which will build on the skills already developed.

Many students see photography as a unique bridge between art and science and combine it with other courses to add breadth to their education. Photography also works well in conjunction with art or media based programmes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cornwall College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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