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Photography A Level at Mount Grace School

Course description

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. They will be encouraged to explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students will respond to these examples through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Art & Design or related subjects in Higher Education.

Course content

AS

Component 1: Students produce an extended collection of work that exemplifies aspects of their developing knowledge, skills and understanding. It should provide evidence of research, the development of ideas, making skills and critical/contextual understanding. It should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation.

Component 2: Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and to make clear the link between their own and others’ work within specified time constraints.

A Level 

Component 1: Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which support the practical work.

Component 2: Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to study Photography require a minimum Grade B or equivalent (BTEC) in Art.

  • Students must have taken GCSE Art or GCSE Design & Technology and have achieved a B grade
  • Must own a camera
  • An ability to work directly from observation and develop ideas in a continuum.
  • Awareness of the importance of keeping a sketchbook/ work journal/visual diary on a regular basis

Future opportunities

Opportunities for further learning at Degree, BTEC and HND/ HNC level can lead to career options in: Photography, Graphic Design and Media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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