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Digital Photography at Cox Green School

Course description

This course is for anyone who loves observing and recording the world around them. Students will enjoy creating visual imagery and will want to express their ideas to others. Those studying this course will be imaginative, creative and able to develop ideas for narrative photography, exploring various photographic genres from a given theme and drawing upon contextual references. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the formal elements, composition, visual language techniques, the digital SLR camera as well as photo editing software. Emphasis is placed on imagination and creativity as well as technical ability . Students will show evidence of trying to extend their own and others’ ways of seeing the world and will be required to develop their own creative outcomes as the course progresses . Students are required to critique their work and the work of others’ and to articulate this using technical vocabulary.

In the context of this specification, students will be required to work in one or more areas of photography such as portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary and photo journalism, fashion, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and the moving image.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Art or Photography


The AS year requires Year 12 students to produce two units of work:

Component 1 7246/C - A personal portfolio which responds to a particular theme. This forms 60% of the final grade for AS.

Component 2 externally set Assignment 7246/X - A portfolio of work produced in response to a theme given by the exam board. Students are given approximately 10 school weeks to complete this and are then required to produce a final outcome during a 10 hour exam. This is worth 40% of the A Level grade.

At A Level the format is very similar.

Year 13 students again submit components 1 and 2 (7206/C and 7206/X) which are given the same weightings as above. The exam time for component 2 at A Level is increased to 15 hours.

In addition students are required to produce a 2000 word essay to accompany their personal portfolio for component 1.

Future opportunities

Computer and holographic art, teaching, community arts, book and magazine design and graphic/product/ industrial design, TV graphics, package design, computer and video graphics, theatrical costume design, exhibition design, film and television, exhibition design, web design, fashion photography, journalism, printed media, wildlife photography, wedding photography, portrait photography, event /PR photography and illustration.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017

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