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Art and Design - Photography A Level at Highbury College

Course description

This programme is for anyone who wants to get behind the lens and learn how photographers create meaning.

A Level Photography is about far more than just the technical aspects of using a camera and includes the study of photography in a historical and social context.

This programme encourages you to be creative and includes video and digital manipulation alongside the study of traditional darkroom techniques.

You will learn in a variety of ways, including demonstrations, skills workshops and formal lessons.

Course content

Your studies will involve:

Taking photographs, both traditionally and using digital techniques. Working to a variety of set briefs or themes you will learn by:

  • Exploring the work of other key photographers;
  • Exploring and experimenting with visual language;
  • Exploring the historical and contemporary developments within photography;

There is no requirement to demonstrate a high degree of drawing skills.

You will have the opportunity to explore and experiment within portraiture, still-life, documentary, advertising and creative experimental imagery.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have five GCSEs at C with a B in English and a portfolio of work.


Assessment will be a mix of coursework portfolio and externally set assignments.

Future opportunities

You could go on to university and eventually work in one of a number of arts-based and creative fields including photography, photo journalism, picture editing, fashion design or graphics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 24 May 2016
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