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Photography A level at JFS

Course description

This programme will teach the Art of Photography and develop the students’ artistic, academic and intellectual capabilities.  Students will learn the creative use of 35mm SLR and digital camera  equipment. Traditional Black and White film processing, darkroom print making and image manipulation will be central to the course.  Colour photography will be explored through digital media and ‘Photoshop’. Studio photography will be taught in the second year.

Emphasis will be placed on encouraging students to work independently, experimentally and to create personal responses to the creative project themes.  

Appreciation of the art form will be enhanced through research studies of historical and contemporary photographers.  In addition to the organised trips students are required to attend galleries and organise location shoots.

Work will be developed and completed in journals/photographic portfolios.

Entry requirements

Students should have six GCSE passes at Grade B or level 5.  Level 4 and above in Mathematics is also essential and B and above in Art/Technology (graphics or resistant materials) is also preferable.

The course is ideally suited to creative, highly organised, imaginative individuals with a keen interest in Photography and Art.


Component 1 - Personal Investigation (60% of grade)

  • Candidates are required to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by a 3000 word written piece of work.

Component 2 - Externally-Set Assignment (40% of grade)

  • Candidates are required to develop a portfolio of work in response to the brief. Students have 15 hours under controlled conditions to complete their projects and produce their final outcomes.

Financial information

The school provides both digital and film cameras, but it will be an asset for a student to own and master their own equipment which they can use without any restrictions.

Future opportunities

Photography can be continued at degree level where a broad variety of lens-based media courses are on offer.  Additionally, photography is a specific field for a career and the subject has a value in other design and media occupations.  Alternatively, photography can provide breadth to one’s education and create  an  area of personal interest for creative expression in the future.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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