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Photography A Level at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

Like GCSE art, this course requires students to work in sketchbooks researching and developing ideas towards a final outcome. All units of work will include looking at the work of other photographers, artists and designers. This is supported by photography field trips and visits to galleries.

Teaching is directed at the needs, strengths and interests of the individual student. All units of work are tailored to allow the individual to explore original and creative solutions in any or several of the following area(s) of Photography, such as: portraiture, documentary, photo-journalism, environmental photography, still life or experimental imagery.

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic techniques including digital as well as traditional Black and White (silver halide) chemical techniques, and by a combination of the two.

Course content

Students will develop skills in the following:

  • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography;
  • responding to an issue, theme, concept or idea or working to a brief;
  • an appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or frozen moment.;
  • the appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography;
  • an understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, presentation, layout and mounting.

Entry requirements

A grade B or above is required at GCSE art and a willingness to investigate and research ideas independently. However applications will be looked at on an individual basis. You must be prepared to use your free time in the darkroom or sixth form studio and enjoy the practical, time consuming demands of this subject.

Future opportunities

Entry to a Foundation course in Art and Design and / or Degree entry into specialised area. There are a wide variety of careers that you could follow with a photography qualification of which the following are a small selection. Wedding Photographer, Architectural Photography, Cloudscape Photographer, Environmental Photographer, Documentary Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Fine art Photographer, Forensic Photographer, Food Photographer, Landscape Photographer, Nature Photographer, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, Sports Photographer, Still life Photographer, Stock Photography, Travel Photographer, Wild life Photographer, Curator, Graphic designer, Packaging Designer, Advertising, Stylist.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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