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Photography A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is Photography?
Photography is a course where you can capture the world around you through imagery.

Why study Photography?
If you are interested in capturing the world around you through the power of imagery you may want a career in media design or just have a strong interest and enjoyment in telling a story with a picture. You want to study Photography because you have an interest in the subject and are keen to do the work.

Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 - Personal Portfolio of Work
Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

Portraiture
Landscape Photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
Still Life Photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
Documentary Photography, Photojournalism
Fashion Photography
Experimental Imagery
Multimedia
Photographic Installation
Moving Image (video, film, animation)

Unit 2 - Preparatory experimentation time set by your Art teacher from 1 February where you will experiment, develop ideas; explore artwork by visiting galleries and exhibitions. A 10 hour timed examination to produce a personal response.

A2 Modules

Unit 1 - This is a practical investigation supported by written material.
Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material.
The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Unit 2 - Preparatory experimentation time set by your Art teacher from 1 February where you will experiment, develop ideas; explore artwork by visiting galleries and exhibitions. A 15 hour timed examination to produce a personal response.

Entry requirements

If you wish to study Photography without an Art GCSE you must have a keen interest, be an independent worker and enjoy producing book work, writing about ideas and visiting galleries as well as just taking a picture. It does not matter that you did not take GCSE Art as long as you are interested in the subject and a hard worker. 

You will need to have a 35mm single lens reflex camera in a good condition with a manual function. A flash and a tripod would also be useful, and you also need a digital camera with a memory card reader or memory stick.

Future opportunities

Art Foundation, Graphic Design, Film, Television, Photography, Games Design, Textile and Fashion Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Product Design, Furniture Design, Theatre and Stage Design, Teaching and Lecturing, Museums and Galleries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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