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Photography A Level at Malton School

Course description

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it.

There are 4 coursework units:


Unit 1

Portfolio. Coursework 60% of total AS marks.

Unit 2

Externally – Set Assignment 40% of total AS marks.


Unit 3 Personal Investigation – 60% of total A level marks.

Unit 4 Externally Set Assignment – 40% of total A level marks.

Entry requirements

Previous study of Art at GCSE is not essential, but a good grade at this level will indicate your suitability for the Advanced course.

Future opportunities

After completing the A level course many students choose to further their studies by taking a one-year Foundation Course at Art College or study further at University. 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

Further information

It is useful but not essential for students t have their own camera. Students should have and SD card for storing images. If students do own a DSLR camera it is useful to have a tripod (£10)

You may need to have an A3 sketchbook for each unit of work. These can be purchased from the Art Department for £4.00. It is always useful for students to collect a range of collage materials for use in these; i.e: beads, wrapping paper, leaves, postcards etc. Good quality pens for annotation are vital.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 February 2017

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