Photography *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College
Photography is available to pupils who have gained at least a grade B at GCSE in either Art or Sculpture/Ceramics, or at the discretion of the Head of Art. Those not wanting to follow the examined course should choose the subject in Sector E rather than as one of their main options.
The course aims to encourage pupils to develop intellectual, creative and imaginative skills as well as experimental and investigative practical skills. A balance is achieved between pupils’ personal development and the acquisition of new techniques. Knowledge and understanding of the roles and achievements of photographers past and present is a vital part of the course and pupils are encouraged to visit as many galleries and view as much photography as possible, in order to understand its function.
AS and A2 Photography curriculum follows the Edexcel specification code 9PYO1 and 9PY02 respectively. The AS is a stand-alone qualification with students being examined at the end of the lower sixth year. The AS will not contribute to the overall A2 qualification. The A2 course is a two-year linear course with students being examined at the end of the upper sixth year. Pupils will be expected to make the decision whether to take the AS course or the full two-year A2 course before commencing work in the lower sixth.
This course encourages the creation of visual meaning by an expressive or interpretative response to still and moving imagery through photography. Pupils will utilise and demonstrate the formal elements, techniques and technologies of photography to achieve a communicative or expressive outcome. This outcome will be achieved through an understanding of:
- a range of approaches to working with images, signs and symbols such as observation, analysis, expression, communication and imagination;
- conventions and genres such as figurative, abstract and symbolic;
- role and function such as documentary, portraiture and narrative;
- a range of appropriate techniques;
- pictorial space, composition, rhythm, sequence, scale and structure;
- formal elements such as colour, tone, texture, shape and form;
- context within photography and its influence on their own work
1. Art and Design
Course work, internally set and marked, externally moderated, 50% of AS
2. Art and Design
Externally set assignment with final 10 hour examination, externally set, internally marked, externally moderatedd, 50% of AS
3. Art and Design
Coursework, practical work and personal study, internally set and marked, externally moderated, 60% of A Level
4. Art and Design
Externally set assignment with final 15 hour examination, externally set, internally marked, externally moderated, 40% of A Level
Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.