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Art Photography - A Level at Lipson Co-operative Academy

Course description

This creative photography course has an emphasis on photography as an art form, focusing on lens-based and digital-media. You will use the camera as a tool to develop your visual thought processes as well as your creative and critical abilities. The aim of this course is to develop your skills and understanding as a photographer by producing technically sound and visually enhancing photographs.

Course content

During the course of the two years students will study the use of different cameras and techniques. Students will explore a range of compositional styles, studio lighting techniques and creative processes. Students will explore digital media such as Photoshop and become adept at modern photo editing using both PCs and MACs. Students will explore landscape, portrait, light painting, external flash, film photography and darkroom skills, fashion and many other styles of photography. Students will learn to discuss and analyse the work of others and respond to a variety of starting points and produce high quality projects and final images. Students will have the chance to visit photographic exhibitions, work with professional photographers and exhibit their own work.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in an art based subject
  • Grade C or above in English.
  • 5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C


You will be continuously assessed in a number of ways during the course. Most assessment will take the form of individual feedback to help you to improve a skill, idea or technique. The course will be marked as 60% coursework and 40% controlled test. The controlled test will take the form of a project that culminates in a final product created under exam conditions

Future opportunities

You will be trained to professional standards which could lead on to employment in art, craft and design industries, media and allied sectors, or preparation for entry to higher national or undergraduate degree programmes within the arts and media disciplines. Photography would be a useful A Level to have if you are considering a career in journalism, graphic design, illustration, architecture, forensic science or television as well as photography and other creative subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lipson Co-operative Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September