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Art and Design: Photography A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

Students will work in analogue and digital photography, developing their lens-based picture-making through artistic methods. They will advance their technical and creative skills, learning and experimenting with a range of techniques such as creative lighting, darkroom practice, image editing and use of mixed media for their photographic artwork. Students will learn how to develop a project on a chosen theme, for which sketchbook skills, analysis of artists’ work and written annotations are very important. Projects and examination pieces are exhibited at the end of the academic year, showcasing the strongest work by each student.
Entry onto the course: while we favour students who have achieved a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Art and Design, we will also consider students who have not taken Art and Design at GCSE who can show a deep interest, passion and ability in photography through a personal project that is presented to us in advance. Please see the Head of Photography, Mr Redjep, to discuss this further.

Course content

Year 12
Unit 1: Knowledge, skills and understanding – foundation activities
Unit 2: Personal Investigation – Themed Coursework Project (with 10 hour examination)
Year 13
Unit 1: Personal Investigation – Themed Coursework Project and written essay
(with 15 hour examination)
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment – Themed Project (with 15 hour examination)

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Art is looked upon favourably, but not essential (as explained above)
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


4 assessment objectives for each unit, including for examinations and the written essay.
Component 1 – Themed Coursework Project with written essay: 60%
Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment: 40%

Future opportunities

Artist/Photographer, Curator, Graphic Designer, Teacher, Animator, Film-maker, Journalist, Camera Operator, Stills Editor, Moving Image Editor, Print-maker.
Photography also provides valuable supplementary skills in many fields, for example giving a marine biologist the ability to photograph their findings, or giving an architect the skills to visually record structural evidence on a construction project. Pictures play a key role in communication, business and modern society generally, so the course aims to nurture a high degree of visual literacy.
Entry Requirements

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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