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A Level Photography at King Edward VI College, Nuneaton

Course description

This is the new specification studied through WJEC Art & Design: Photography. Here at King Edward's we have an outstanding teaching provision and enrichment for Photography, and a 100% success rate for all students. The course is largely digitally based but students are given the opportunity to experiment with mixed media processes, such as pinhole photography.

First Year During the first year of the A Level you will begin by learning the basics of how to operate a DSLR camera to a high standard and then apply these skills in studying different genres, such as portraiture, documentary, landscape, fine art and experimental photography, as well as moving image.   You will also have the opportunity to learn the art of post production in industry standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Premiere Pro CS6.  Assessment during the first year is 100% coursework.  You will be required to produce a portfolio of work over the year. Progression onto the second year depends on your performance and final coursework portfolio in the first year.

Second Year This year is where you use the skills and areas of interest developed in the first year, and apply them to 2 units to meet the exam board criteria: Unit 1 - Personal investigation.  You produce two elements (i) Portfolio of Practical Work showing your personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus of your own choosing (ii) Related Written Study; a minimum of 1000 words response to your chosen topic.  Unit 2 - Controlled Assignment.  The exam board will release the Exam papers on the 1st February and will provide a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

Enrichment Students are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised throughout the year to galleries and exhibitions, including the annual Creative Arts trip abroad, we have visited Paris, Berlin and Madrid in the past few years.

Entry requirements

College requirements plus a short interview.GCSE Photography or Art is desirable but NOT essential. The course is suitable for beginners, there will be skills based workshops to enhance your skills. You will be asked to do a small portfolio assignment before starting the course. This must be completed before enrolment. Plenty of advice will be available at our preparation day or online.

Financial information

Students will be required to pay for photographic prints throughout the year. Materials and equipment may also be ordered through the Art shop at the students expense should they have specific requirements. Additional costs associated with departmental visits, trips and advanced workshops may be required during the course.

Future opportunities

The full Advanced Level in Photography provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to Higher Education as well as being a useful background to any career within the photographic, media or fine art field. Previous student progression on completion includes: studying Photography at Falmouth, Brighton and Coventry University, HNC Creative Media Production and Art Foundation at KEC, Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham University and various professional work placements and internships.

Further information

Having your own DSLR camera is desirable but NOT essential. The college is well-equipped and will be able to provide you one for all assignments. It may be taken alongside Fine Art, Media Studies and Film Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI College, Nuneaton directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2015
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