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Art and Design: Photography at Chislehurst School for Girls

Course description

Photography is a means of communicating in a visual way and can challenge the way we think about the world. We will investigate a range of ideas using creative and expressive processes while studying the work of photographers, artists and designers. You will learn about the various functions of a digital camera, how to set up and use a studio background and lighting equipment, as well as develop skills in digital editing using Adobe Photoshop and other computer programs. We encourage you to be inventive, independent and involved. Your own digital camera is essential and there is a £35 charge for equipment and materials at the start of the year.

Course content

A-Level

Component 1: Personal Investigation & Related Study

This component starts with a series of mini projects where you will learn how to use a digital SLR camera and a range of photographic and photo-manipulation techniques. You will develop a portfolio of work which shows exploration of ideas, evidence of research skills and experimentation whilst working to a given theme/ starting point. You will be expected to take a personal approach to the project which could be linked to an experience, memory or view/ opinion. Your ideas will be realised through a series of photo shoots, which will lead to a final outcome; combining your thoughts and experiments.

 

Component 2: Externally Set Task

You will respond to one starting point from the exam paper; developing your skills and knowledge through a wide range of experimental techniques and processes; whilst using contextual references as inspiration for further ideas. A supervised time of fifteen hours will be given to producing a final outcome which brings together your ideas and references your sketchbook work.

Entry requirements

A GCSE Grade A*-B in Photography or Art and Design. We will occasionally consider applications from students who have a portfolio of work which supports the level of skill required at A-Level standard.

Assessment

Component 1: Personal Investigation & Related Study

(60% of total A-Level) – 120 marks

 

Component 2: Externally Set Task

(40% of total A-Level) – 80 marks

Financial information

Your own digital camera is essential and there is a £35 charge for equipment and materials at the start of the year.

Future opportunities

A-Level Photography can lead to entry into a wide variety of career areas, including fashion, graphics, sports, photo-journalism, medical photography, media or businessrelated industries. In addition, it can lead to employment in more specialised art, craft and design-related areas. Students often pursue a Degree in Photography at University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 08 May 2015
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