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Photography at Mark Rutherford School

Course description

Photography at AS level is fully based on an externally set assignment ; students respond to a range of theme s set by the exam board. Students are not required to have taken GCSE art, however drawing skills and knowledge of art give a distinct advantage. Prior to receiving the task , the first term will focus on teaching students how the camera works, and an introduction to Photoshop techniques a s well as chemical (darkroom) processes.

The A2 course has two components: a Personal investigation with a written and illustrated personal study relating to the History of Photography, and an e xternally set task. Students will build upon the techniques learnt in the first year to explore personal ideas into more refined and finished pieces of work. Students will be expected to develop a greater understanding of the place of photography in history and contemporary society. Skills and techniques will be taught but the emphasis is on developing independence with the role of the teacher as one of support in the development of personal ideas.

Course content

To develop:

  • Intellectual, imaginative , creative and intuitive skills
  • Independence of mind in developing personal ideas
  • Experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new technologies
  • A working vocabulary and specialist terminology relevant to photography
  • Knowledge and understanding of the work of different photographic practitioners and the cultural and h istorical context to their work
  • An awareness of the different roles and functions of photography
  • An understanding of relevant conven tions and genres in photography

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements apply. Demand for the subject is usually high and places are limited. If there are more applicants than places available, a task will be set and students will be selected based on their performance in that task. Students that have taken GSCE art do have a distinct advantage with this subject. A strong command of English is also desirable to support the written in depth analysis of images.


All work produced throughout the course will be marked and may be used in your final portfolio. Students will be assigned a personal tutor who will monitor and feed back regularly , to ensure you are making progress. In addition the mentor will help you prepare a portfolio and for an interview should you wish to pursue photography at college or university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mark Rutherford School directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

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