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Photography - Art and Design AS/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

This course provides the opportunity to develop skills and breadth of knowledge within the ever changing and exciting medium of photography. This can be undertaken in preparation for further study within the visual arts or as a qualification to support your application and skills in other areas.

Course content

The AS course is structured in two units of work: the first is a portfolio of coursework and another which is based on an externally set assignment. The A Level course has the same structure, but students are encouraged to create their own personal briefs.

Photography is an exciting and dynamic medium with an incredibly broad range of subject matter. Practical sessions might include learning about and working with lighting techniques in our studios, shooting, processing and printing your own 35mm film or being out and about with your camera. We aim to deliver a range of techniques inclusive of traditional and digital photography as well as experimental workshops working with camera-less photography (imagine making cameras out of cardboard!).

Alongside the practical elements of photography you are encouraged to nurture an in depth understanding of the work of other artists and photographers and to consider the impact of these contextual influences on your own work. Group critique tutorials, trips, class discussions and research-themed tasks led by your lecturers will help you to develop these skills. Your own projects will be documented in a sketchbook or folder and will visually track your personal progress and reflections.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSE’s at Grade C or above (including English Language and maths), plus three GCSE’s at Grade D or above. A grade C or above in GCSE Art or a related subject, such and Media or Grade D in Products is required. If this has not been achieved then a short project can be undertaken to demonstrate your suitability for the course. 


You will be assessed on a broad range of skills and requirements including research, planning and reflection as well as the documenting and presentation of your own images. Work will be assessed informally throughout the year using a range of self and teacher led assessment methods such as group critique tutorials and written feedback.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and then onto a Photography and Digital Arts Foundation Degreeboth here at Exeter College. A Level photography is excellent preparation for Further and Higher Education courses either within the creative arts or within more academic routes. The course features many transferable skills and is highly valued by Universities and employers alike. Within a world that is media and image driven, Photography has a huge range of potential career options and specialist industry routes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 January 2016
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