Art: Photography - A Level at Backwell School
This course introduces you to a variety of approaches when working with photographic images including portraiture, landscape, still life and experimental imagery. You will look at photography in a historical context and consider how it has developed over time informing contemporary practice and current trends. The course is well resourced, including having a fully working darkroom and studio, and a full time technician. The course starts going back to the basics of photography to develop stronger skills when considering perspective, movement, composition, rule of thirds, depth of field and the elements of art. You will explore the different styles, genres, processes and techniques available to the photographer and start to plan what area of photography you will like to investigate independently including film. You are taught how to work with digital and film SLR cameras taking shoots on location and in the studio. You will also learn how to manipulate images using Photoshop and darkroom derivatives to help you achieve more original, experimental and skilful outcomes.
Those who have taken Photography at GCSE will normally have achieved a B grade or higher, although we will accept you with a C grade if you show good motivation in this subject. Good DSLR camera skills are essential and you will need to develop these skills alongside digital editing using Apple Mac computer software. If you have not taken Photography at GCSE you will be expected to show work of the expected level before coming to the induction session and starting the course.
It is especially appropriate for students seeking to go on to an Art Foundation course or for those who wish to study degree courses in Photography, Media and Film Production, Photojournalism, or careers in Marketing, Advertising, Publishing and in the Film Industry.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Backwell School directly.