Photography A Level at The Cherwell School
The study of photography allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations and experiment with media and processes. Most of the work is done either in camera or digitally however students also maintain a visually exciting journal/sketchbook.
Studio time and practical workshops are used to promote a good knowledge and understanding of contemporary photographers’ methods and processes. Year 12 will initially focus on developing a strong skills base in both camera and Photoshop skills allowing students to produce rich and varied final conclusions, often in the form of sequences. Ability to research and explore the works of others is essential, study trips will be organised but student initiative will be expected.
Again very like the art course Year 13 will allow students to focus on aspects of photography that interests them as they produce an in depth Contextual Study consisting of a written investigation of no less than 1000 words. Teachers will advise and challenge students in attaining the specialist photography knowledge needed to write their dissertations. This leads into independent work that focuses on a chosen creative problem and it is advised that the dissertation is used to identify practical problems that photographers face in the creation of their work.
Students are expected to have achieved grade C or above in GCSE art.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cherwell School directly.