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Art & Design (Photography) AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

Photography is a very creative course. You will develop the technical skills necessary to enable you to express your ideas using photographs as your medium. We start with film techniques and move forward into digital photography and we work both in black and white and in colour. We work to set themes and then you take them in individual unique directions.

We take a creative approach to the subject and teach the technical skills necessary to enable you to express your ideas. We work with film and digital cameras and create images both in the darkroom and using industry standard software. You will be given a theme to explore for every project but as you will always be taking an individual approach, lessons tend to involve different activities for different students. There is a significant amount of written work and critical thinking required to achieve successfully.

Course content

In year one you will explore the potential of location and studio work, digital technology, darkroom processes, and the moving image.

In the second year you will apply the skills and experiences of year 1 to create a Personal Investigation.

Entry requirements

  • Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language
  • You do not need to have studied photography prior to this course


Examining Board: OCR

There are no traditional, written, exams for A Level Photography. At the end of year 2 you will create your final piece of work in 15 hours of exam conditions after 8 weeks of independently, exploring and developing ideas in a practical portfolio.

Financial information

There are ongoing costs with the study of Photography such as sketchbooks, mounting materials, digital printing, photographic paper and films. Every student is expected to own or have continuous access to a 35mm Digital SLR camera and a 35mm Film SLR, although we have cameras available to borrow where required

Future opportunities

You could become a photographer, perhaps specialising in portraiture, fashion, sports etc. However, there is a continual demand from employers for people who are visually articulate, self-motivated, adaptable, excellent project managers and innovative thinkers. You could go on to higher education to develop your photographic skills further. What you take with you from this course will be highly valued in a number of career areas. These include art direction, graphic and web design, media production, journalism, illustration and many more.

This course equips you with a strong academic qualification and prepares you for employment by developing specialist and transferable skills. Photography and digital imaging is an exciting sector to work in and is experiencing economic growth in the UK.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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