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Art & Design (Digital Photography - Lens Based Media) A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

The main purpose of the Photography course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world around you and to enable you to respond in a personal and creative way. The Art Department staff will devise and implement projects which encourage you to:

Question all preconceived notions of photography and personal ability.
Trust your creative instincts.
Express your ideas and feelings through the controlled use of a broad range of techniques.
Investigate and relate to all the evolutionary processes that are inherent in the development of good photographic work.
Articulate issues relating to the work of other photographers from a variety of cultures, past and present.

You will learn:
How to record observations, experiences and ideas in visual and other forms
How to analyse and evaluate sources and objects, showing understanding of purposes, meanings and contexts
How to develop your ideas through sustained investigations and explorations, selecting and using materials and processes, interpreting relationships and analysing methods and outcomes
How to present a personal, coherent and informed response realising your intentions and articulating and explaining connections with the work of others
The use of light as the most important element of photography
The use of image acquisition hardware and software and image manipulation

Course content

Component 1: Personal Investigation – 60%

This unit incorporates two linked elements:

Practical work

Personal study

A. Practical work: this aims to provide opportunities for students to pursue their own creative, visual ideas in a chosen area of Photography. Students will demonstrate the ability to resolve issues and ideas that emerge as an inevitable part of the process of creating art & design work. Development of ideas, review and refinement of process will be an intricate part of realising a personal response resulting in a range of final outcomes.

B. Personal study: The personal study should be closely related to the knowledge and understanding gained from aspects of the practical work part of this unit. Students are required to research, evaluate, analyse and establish coherent sustainable links between their own work and with that of historical and contemporary references.

The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification and is marked out of 18.This is externally marked. Through the personal study, students will demonstrate understanding of relevant social, cultural or historical contexts. Students will also express personal interpretations or conclusions, and use technical and specialist vocabulary. The focus of the personal study can be any concept, movement

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment – 40%

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in Art

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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