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Photography A Level at Sunderland College

Course description

If you have a general interest in photography or are considering a career linked to photography and have a flair for arts based subjects then this is the ideal course for you.

Course content

You’ll develop a wide range of photography skills concerning both traditional and digital photography including:

  • Studio lighting
  • Location photography
  • Darkroom skills
  • Digital imaging using Photoshop.

You’’ll also record and research a variety of different types of photography techniques and photographic artists’’ work.

Entry requirements

You’ll need five GCSEs at grade C or above including a GCSE grade C or above including English and an art and design subject. If you do not have an art and design based GCSE then you will need to present a portfolio of photography at the interview stage.


You’ll learn through a combination of practical lessons in the photography studio, digital imaging suite and darkroom and through taught and independent critical research of a variety of photographic artists.

Future opportunities

You could go on to study photography full time through a Foundation Degree course at Sunderland College or apply directly to university to study a degree in photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sunderland College directly.

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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