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Photography A Level at Alsager School

Course description

You will be taught to make informed decisions about your own creative practice, in a culture of experimentation, exploration and critical reflection.

You will learn how to use a broad range of photographic techniques influenced and inspired by the work of contemporary and traditional photographers and any other visual source. The photography tutors will expect you to investigate and question your own practice and to take imaginative and creative risks in the photographic work you produce.

Each individual student will develop their own visual style influenced by the taught workshops. We will teach you about exposure, white balance, focus and how to apply these technical skills to different genres of photography such as –

- Documentary
- Still Life
- Portraiture
- Abstract Fine Art Photography
- Light Drawing

The skills you will develop will be wide and varied with a particular focus on visual and creative perception. You will be working in the art department in which we have DSLR camera’s, studio lighting, a digital computer suite with Adobe Photoshop.

Entry requirements

A grade C in GCSE Art or related subject along with a genuine interest and strong commitment to want to develop your photographic skills. Students may also be considered with an appropriate portfolio of work.
A knowledge of photoshop and digital manipulation would be very beneficial.


60% Portfolio (Component 1)
40% Externally-Set Assignment

60% Personal investigation (Component 3)
40% Externally-set assignment

The AS Portfolio component and the A2 Personal Investigation unit will run from September through to the end of January.

In February you will be given the externally set assignment in which you select one starting point/theme and then produce a creative project addressing all 4 of the assessment objectives.

Future opportunities

Direct entry to university studying a wide range of Art and Design courses. Entry to one year foundation courses such as Newcastle-under-Lyme College, or other BTEC Art and Design Courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 January 2016
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