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Photography at Greenshaw High School

Course description

The course is intended to meet the needs of students who wish to undertake further studies in photography, media and/or art and design at degree or art foundation level. It is expected that students will have followed and gained a C grade or better in either art or media studies or can demonstrate a significant involvement with photography outside school.

Along with timetabled classes, it is expected that students will demonstrate initiative and take photographs in their own time, visit galleries and research the work of other practitioners. It is recommended that students following this course have access to a good quality digital camera and, ideally, a manual SLR camera. Students who enrol on the course must be self disciplined, self-motivated and have a genuine engagement with the subject.

Course content

Introductory skills: image manipulation software and film-based photography.
Production of a sketchbook and a finished piece on the theme The Street.
Digital and physical manipulation processes, a sketchbook of images and artist research and a finished piece on the theme of Layers.
Set assignment.
Contextual study.
Personal response.
Externally set assignment

Entry requirements

Grade C or higher in GCSE Art or Media Studies.


Unit 1 – Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.
Unit 2 – Externally set assignment. It is produced in timed conditions over 5 hours.
Unit 3 – Personal investigation supported by written element of 1,000 to 3,000 words.
Unit 4 – Externally set assignment. It is produced in timed conditions over 15 hours.

Future opportunities

A degree course or an art foundation course. It be used as the basis for an application to
follow a broad-based arts oriented degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greenshaw High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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