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Photography – Lens and Light-based Media A Level at Myton School

Course description

If you have an aptitude for the subject, are creative, imaginative, enthusiastic and above all, have ideas to communicate you will love this subject. Photography is an incredibly rewarding course for motivated students, however you should be prepared to work hard at developing your skills.

Specifically, this course provides students with the opportunity to seek an expressive and/or interpretative response to the visual world, which is produced with the aid of lens-based media and may be manipulated by digital technology.

Course content

YEAR 12

During the first two terms students will produce a portfolio of practical work which demonstrates their personal response to an initial starting point which we will provide. Students will be encouraged to experiment with their own ideas, a range of lens and light-based media and develop critical/contextual awareness. Students will practise essential study skills and approaches to learning related to the A Level assessment objectives.

The mock exam paper will be issued in January and will provide candidates with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. From these, one must be selected upon which to base a response and students develop their ideas over a ten-week period. At the end of this there will be ten hours of supervised time in which students will aim to realise their ideas into an outcome. The exciting part about this course is that you work to your strengths and that you develop ideas and responses that interest you. You are the driving force.

YEAR 13

The A Level qualification is a two-year qualification whereby students will build on experiences and techniques gained in Year 12.

Component 1: Personal Investigation. Candidates will be required to submit two elements for this component. A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to their own starting point and a related written study. Within this unit (the personal investigation), students develop a personal project based entirely on their own ideas, issues or concepts. This is supported by a written element (a related personal study) of between 1000-3000 words.

Component 2: Externally Set Task. The early release paper will be issued in January and will provide candidates with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. From these, one must be selected upon which to base a response and students develop their ideas over a ten-week period. At the end of this there will be fifteen hours of supervised time in which students will aim to realise their ideas into an outcome.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Photography

Assessment

The coursework (Component 1) is worth 60% of the overall A Level.
The externally set task (Component 2) is worth 40% of the total A Level.

Future opportunities

Students can go to university to study Photography, Photo Journalism, Graphic Design, Animation, Web Design, Art and Design, Film Studies, and a whole range of degrees related to the media industries (film, TV and print).

The study of Photography can also help you to develop transferable skills that you can take into any job or career.

Success in this course requires determination and dedication but above all, self-motivation, organisation and a love of Photography and Art in general.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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