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Photography A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

Students learn a broad range of photographic skills and techniques in both traditional and digital media. They are encouraged to develop their own style of working and will
learn how to analyse and respond to the work of various photographers and artists. Starting with the fundamentals of darkroom photography, students will also learn how to use digital cameras and edit images in Photoshop.

Course content

Year 12
Portfolio Development:
Key skills and techniques will be developed through workshops and themed projects. Elements of this work will be submitted as part of the students’ coursework (60% of the final Grade).

Year 13
Component 1 - Personal Study:
Students select a theme to investigate/develop a project.
Component 2 - Externally set assignment:
Students choose one question (out of seven) and develop their work towards a 15 hour practical exam.

Year 12
During the initial part of the course students are introduced to a range of experimental darkroom processes and also learn how to shoot and develop 35mm black-and-white film. Emphasis is placed on experimentation and students are encouraged to approach different techniques as imaginatively and creatively as possible. Workshop-style lessons ensure that students have every opportunity to develop their skills and to direct work towards their own interests. The work will be differentiated for students who are experienced (have taken GCSE Photography) and those who are new to the subject. Students will also learn how to use digital cameras and will develop an understanding of key technical skills. Emphasis is placed on exciting ways to edit and manipulate images using digital and physical processes. Throughout the course students will explore and investigate the work of relevant photographers and artists. In Year 12, teachers will set themed projects for their students.

Year 13
In Year 13, students will have the opportunity to choose and develop their own project (Personal Study). Students choose an area of interest to investigate. They research a range of photographers and artists, producing practical work inspired by their investigations. The sketchbooks and final piece should show a depth of understanding and development. This must be accompanied by a 1000-3000 word essay. Students have their exam issued in February. They research their chosen topic culminating with a 15-hour exam in May, when the final pieces for the exam project are created.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs, Grades 9-5, preferably including GCSE Art and/or GCSE Photography. Evidence of a portfolio of Photography is required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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