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Photography at Knutsford Academy

Course description

At AS level Photography students will be introduced to a broad range of photographic processes employing a number of different techniques through a structured taught programme of study.
Including –
*Techniques of Production
* Exposure, Creative use of light, Focus, Depth of field, Composition, Colour Temperature, Mounting and exhibiting photographic images
* Portraiture, Documentary, Still Life
* Object, Narrative, Landscape and Fine Art Experimental photography
* 35mm Darkroom Film Processing in our Darkroom. Students will explore black and white chemical processing.
* Digital photography and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop and New Media techniques.
The A2 course builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in the AS course with greater depth of study and personal investigation in which students produce a critical investigation into a chosen aspect of photography. Gallery visits underpin the teaching and learning in the lessons and provide students with a rich and dynamic insight into the work of contemporary photographers.


Students will also have the opportunity to exhibit and curate their work in our purpose built Gallery. The course prides itself on nurturing in all students creative and analytical understanding of the world around them with an emphasis on personal reflection. It is an invaluable qualification that broadens and develops a student’s ability to work independently, problem solve and to think creatively both in the workplace and at higher education.

Unit 4 (20%): Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation Candidates are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance in a competitive situation as either a player/performer or in an adopted role.Performing: A Musical Performance: 15% Students will offer two or more contrasting pieces to form a short programme for either acoustic performance and/or performance via music technology. This module is assessed through performance controlled assessment.
Unit 4 – Research and Production Assessment – Coursework Weighting – 50% Candidates research a media text or theme. They will produce a critical investigation (30%) and a linked production piece (20%).

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above and a passion and enthusiasm for the visual arts. Individual applications will be considered on merit. It would help if students had access to a basic digital camera with manual settings. The course will provide digital and film cameras for use in lessons.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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