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Photography A Level at Eaton Bank Academy

Course description

This creative field is radically different from the Photography a slightly older generation grew up with only a few years ago. It is no longer restricted to celluloid and the darkroom; it now finds itself in the digital domain. The pace of change in new media, technology and digital imaging has born a new field of creative expression that is exciting and very much linked to contemporary trends in image making and the commercial applied arts. These include web design, graphic realisation, game design and animation.
This new subject area runs within the broader AQA examination specification of Art and Design. This subject like Textile Design and Art and Design uses the same assessment processes, course structure and underlying philosophy. It is simply a different ‘specialism’ that offers alternative skill development and knowledge. Students will still need to have a vested interest in Design and visual creativity. As with the other Art and Design disciplines there will still be an emphasis on the personal response and students will be encouraged to establish their own
individual style and creative approach.

As specified in the AQA specification candidates will need to produce practical and
critical/contextual work in one or more areas including portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film.
The course is extremely practical, however, throughout the course the students will be introduced to appropriate photographers. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to work in a variety of locations out of school that are chosen to support the projects undertaken.

The initial unit of work will be a Foundation project that incorporates an introduction to key design and composition skills, photographic technique, Adobe Creative Suite digital software use and technical photographic knowledge. All students wishing to select this subject option will need to have access to their own digital camera for the duration of the course. This can be an SLR, compact or bridge type camera. Phone cameras alone, are not acceptable.

Future opportunities

Photography in all its commercial forms including photojournalism, medical photography and portraiture/fashion photography. Graphic Design, Illustration, Film and Television, Media based careers, Web design and Animation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eaton Bank Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2018

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