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Art (Photography) AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

Photography is primarily a creative Fine Art course in which the photographer is an ‘artist’.

Students will learn creative attitudes and concepts and also technical photographic skills.

The Department has specialist studio equipment and a dedicated computer suite. Many students gain places on nationally recognised prestigious degree courses.

Course content

UNIT 1: PERSONAL INVESTIGATION AND COURSEWORK

  • Students are taught to analyse and critically evaluate photographic images, demonstrating an understanding of purposes, meanings and contexts.
  • They will use photography to develop ideas through sustained investigations and exploration, selecting and using materials, processes and resources.
  • They should demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in photography in different genres, styles and traditions.
  • The course is delivered through a balance of directed learning activities and supported independent research.

UNIT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

  • A theme is given by the examining board as a starting point for students’ own ideas.
  • There is a long period of supported preparation where work generated is presented in photographic portfolios, with a final phase produced during an examination.

UNIT 3: PERSONAL INVESTIGATION AND COURSEWORK

PERSONAL STUDY:

  • Students investigate photographers and artists’ work that they find inspiring. 
  • They should research their subject in depth, which results in an essay.

PRACTICAL WORK:

  • Students develop their own photographic project which links to the content of the personal study.
  • Students have to submit a researched and annotated creative photographic portfolio in response to a given theme.

UNIT 4: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

  • A theme is given by the examining board as a starting point for students’ own ideas.
  • Work generated is presented in a photographic portfolio, with a final phase produced during an examination.

 

Entry requirements

A GCSE in Art (grade B minimum) or a photographic portfolio. Their own digital camera, preferably an SLR.

Assessment

AS Level: Personal investigation and externally set assignment.

A- Level: Personal investigation and externally set assignment.

Future opportunities

Students who have studied Photography, Film and Animation are found in a range of creative careers such as architectural photography, events photography, photography studios, newspapers, magazines, advertising and website design agencies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wymondham College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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