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Photography A Level at The Kings of Wessex Academy

Course description

Photography is a creative subject that stretches the imagination and allows you to look at yourself and your environment in a new way. You will develop your skills in a series of inventive workshops using both traditional and digital methods and gain an appreciation of viewpoint, composition, camera functions and appropriate use of camera, lenses and lighting. Our studio is fully equipped for photo-shoots. You will be introduced to portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, photojournalism, fashion photography and experimental imagery. Specialist workshops include moving image (video, film, animation). You can join us in our enrichment program visiting London galleries, participate in artist led workshops and sign up to a residential trip

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Why study Photography at A Level?
- It will: Build confidence in your creative ability.
- Develop an awareness of different styles and genres related to the arts from the past and recent times.
- Equip you with the right skills for a future career in the creative industries.
- Enable you to build a portfolio of work ready for interview.

What will I study?
Component 1, you will develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome. To support your practical work you will include written work of 1000 - 3000 words.
n Component 2, you will respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA and work independently within specified time constraints. You will develop a personal and meaningful response which leads to a finished outcome.

How will I learn?
You will participate in a series of skills based workshops. Your portfolio will show an exploration into digital and darkroom techniques and processes where you can practise and develop your skills. You will be supported fully in developing your decision making through independent study.

Entry requirements

A GCSE C or above in a creative subject would be useful but not essential. We expect commitment and self- motivation more than anything. *Studio fee £90 (for the two year course)


A Level Component 1: Personal Investigation, 96 marks, 60% of A Level.
A Level Component 2: Externally set assignment Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time, 96 marks, 40% of A level.

Future opportunities

The UK has a long and successful history of trading with all parts of the world and its creative industries are a huge success story. The department has a high success rate in getting students on to art foundation and degree courses. You will receive individual guidance and support in putting together a portfolio of work for interview as well as finding the right course for you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kings of Wessex Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2017

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