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Photography A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

Photography is an art form, it’s a creative outlet, a way of seeing and interpreting the world around you. Photography is probably one of the only forms of communication that is truly universal, crossing social and cultural boundaries and interweaving itself seamlessly with so many aspects of our lives.

St. Joseph’s Art Department is a flourishing centre for the development of the visual arts which provides students with opportunities to learn to produce work at a professional standard, at the same time encouraging the exploration of photography as an artistic medium.

Our teachers are committed, inspirational, demanding and fun and students are given individual attention and appropriate levels of support and guidance to enable them to produce high quality outcomes. Our programme of study is a blend of practical projects and relevant theory so that students can explore photography as a key art form of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Unit 1 – Coursework Portfolio: For this unit you are expected to produce a wide range of digital images working from the human figure, still life (natural forms & man-made objects) and the environment. In classroom based work you will be provided with opportunities to explore the basic principles of photography, learn how to use a digital camera and develop your skill of digital techniques/manipulation. This approach emphasis the manipulation and presentation of imagery within a computer.

Unit 2 – Controlled Assignment: The Controlled Test consists of a range of questions set by the examination board to be used starting points. It is in two parts: a lead-in period of eight weeks when you select one question and carry out initial research and investigation; and a timed five hour unaided test when you must produce a focused piece of work in response to your initial investigations and plan further developments.

A2 LEVEL

Unit 3 – Personal Investigation: During the summer vacation you will need to gather resource material for a project based on a personal issue or negotiated theme. You must develop a creative response to the personal research you have carried out in sketchbooks. In this project you must produce a portfolio of work, based on your observations, further research and the development of your ideas. In addition you are required to produce a related well illustrated personal study of approximately 3000 words. This should be a detailed study based on a particular issue or theme in which you have become interested during the course. It is expected that you will approach this study in a more focused and analytical way.

Unit 4 – Controlled Assignment: The Controlled Test consists of a range of questions set by the examination board to be used by starting points. It is in two parts: a lead-in period of eight weeks when you select one task and carry out research and investigation, develop ideas and make connections with the work of others; experiment with materials, processes and techniques; and a timed fifteen hour unaided test when you are required to produce a final piece, resolving and relating you planning to a successful conclusion.

 

Entry requirements

No specific subject grades.

Assessment

Coursework and controlled assignments.

Future opportunities

This course can lead on to a wide range of higher education courses including: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Film and Animation, History of Art, Design and Film. There are a range of career opportunities including, art and design, fashion, film industry, museum and gallery work, photography, printing, publishing, teaching, television and radio, and theatre.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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