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Art (Photography and Lens Based Media) at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

Students are not required to buy expensive equipment to start this course. Students can borrow NCTC Art Department equipment to practise their craft away from the Art Studios.

We welcome individuals with good visual awareness and an interest & understanding of Art, Photography or Film. Studying Art or Media previously will be an advantage, but not essential.

Course content

AS: Unit 1 - Coursework Portfolio - Digital Photography An introduction to the use of: Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs), MacBook Pro Laptops & Studio lighting as well as an introduction into understanding Visual Language and how to use it to convey message and meaning. Students are introduced to technical knowledge of Aperture, Depth of Field, Framing and Viewpoints. The work of Artists and Photographers are used to analyse composition as well as themes, concepts and subjects. There is also the opportunity to study Darkroom Photography using chemicals and Enlargers. The exploration of ideas is presented in a workbook or journal as evidence with annotations alongside work providing information about how shots have been achieved, how sequences show development and how shots have been evaluated. A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study. At least one extended collection of work, or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue


AS Unit 1 - Coursework Portfolio 50% of AS, 25% of A-level No time limit 80 marks Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA Unit 2 - AS Externally Set Assignment 50% of AS, 25% of A-level Supervised time 5 hours 80 marks Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA A2 Unit 3 - A2 Personal Investigation 25% of A-level No time limit 80 marks Personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA Unit 4 - A2 Externally Set Assignment 25% of A-level Supervised time 15 hours 80 marks Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

Visits to Coventry University to view Foundation and Degree Show work. Portfolio preparation advice from visiting artists & designers. Further Education courses in related Creative subjects and specialist areas available at University and/or training advice available please see Mrs Hunt, Subject Leader in the Art Department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Chamberlaine School directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years