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Photography A Level at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

The main purpose of this course is to develop student’s ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way to the world around them.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

The best foundation for success in A Level Photography would be an interest in photography and its many uses in society.  You will be taught camera processes   and digital techniques. If you have a passion for the subject you should succeed. If you have not studied the subject before you should be prepared for hard work developing new skills and ideas for your own work.

The skills you will develop will be many and varied. You will learn widely about different materials, practices and technologies in different fields of the Arts. You will develop the ability to communicate ideas and express yourself in a specialist vocabulary. You will develop an appreciation of the role of art, craft and design in the history of contemporary society. The course is suitable for both students who wish to undertake further studies in the field of art, craft and design and for those who simply  have an interest and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to take the subject beyond AS or A level study.

Course content

Coursework is central to the syllabus and all work produced both in lessons and in students own time contributes to producing a portfolio (body of coursework). Students are required to cover four assessment objectives.

AOl – Developing their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.

A02 – Refining their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials and processes.

A03 – Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.

A04 - Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realizing intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

At this level students are expected to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on their work in their own time.

Opportunities are often available for students to visit galleries and museums such as Brighton Museum, Hove Museum, the Tate Modern and the V & A museum. Foreign trips are often available and past trips have included visits to Barcelona and Paris. Other touring exhibitions are visited when possible. A trip is being planned to go to New York.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in an Art and Design related subject.

You must be the type of student who has a real interest in many forms of Art and Design.

Future opportunities

A range of university and college courses are on offer at the post 18 level. There are a wide range of creative courses that would be on offer for those who would like to pursue this path. These include Fine Art, Textile Design, Print Design, Fashion courses, CAD and Photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portslade Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September