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Photography A Level at Carmel College

Course description

Portraiture, still life, landscape, editorial, fashion, photojournalism, reportage, and studio – the list is endless. Whether digital or analogue, photography is about visually communicating; summing up an idea, a concept, a message and conveying this to an intended audience to evoke a reaction. Photography plays one of the most important parts in a ever-evolving digital world where imagery, interactions and communications are instantaneous.

Photography starts with the ability to see and capture the world around us, to select and compose, to manipulate light and capture those decisive moments. Digital Photography involves the use of technology through digital SLR cameras, software like Adobe Photoshop and the embracing of a app driven world; the use of motion and multisensory imagery becoming ever more important. The more traditional analogue processes are embraced creatively, practiced and appreciated fully.

The opportunity to attend workshops with professional photographers, visits to galleries and links to creative industries are an integral part of the Photography course.

Entry requirements

You will need any Art and Design GCSE grade C or a Technology GCSE Grade C including Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles or equivalent. 


Exam Board - AQA

At Advanced Level you will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media processes and techniques appropriate to your level of study.

Component 1: Personal investigation (60%)

A practical investigation, supported by written material, into an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or related outcomes.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

A choice of eight questions to be used as starting points with one being selected. Supported by preparatory work presented in sketch books, journals, models, mounted sheets along with 15 hours of examination time.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Photography at degree level at a range of universities, most notably the BA Honours Photography Programme at Salford University with the first year being studied at Carmel College. Students may also study the UAL Art Foundation Diploma and then access higher education. The focus of study at higher education can vary from photo-journalism, fashion, editorial, experimental and moving image. The course offers you a great deal in terms of creative development, problem solving, independent learning, analytical skills and reflective/ evaluative skills – all of which are transferrable into a range of careers and progression.

Further information

What is the Art & Design department like?

The department is certainly busy and has a lively atmosphere, which we believe to be conducive to learning. Students who have been interviewed, without exception, comment on the supportive, friendly nature of the tutors and the progress, satisfaction, enjoyment they have experienced in the department. The tutors are committed to providing the highest quality teaching and learning possible.

All art subjects are housed in the two-storey Centre for Art and Design offering superbly equipped studios and the latest technology. Computer facilities are available in separate suites. All computers are equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. There is a dark room, kiln room, dye room, sewing room, and workshop. There are ten specialist art tutors and three technicians in the department.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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