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Photography A Level at Excelsior Academy

Course description

Courses based on these specifications should encourage students to develop:

- intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
- investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
- independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
- an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
- the experience of working with a broad range of media

Course content

Applicable equally to both Units:

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media,techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and nonEuropean examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes.

Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions

Unit 1 will be a chosen theme.
Unit 2 will follow a theme given by the examining body.

Entry requirements

GCSE or BTEC Art and Design at C grade/Pass level respectively.


The AS specification is designed to be taken over one or two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. The A-level specification is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in Photography your photographer career options increase since visual artists are needed across a range of industries including advertising, film, television, fashion, geological surveillance, and architecture. Specifically careers in graphic design, digital printing, and advertising have good job projections.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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