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Photography - AS / A level at Suffolk One

Course description

This course is aimed at those students who appreciate the visual world. It offers an opportunity to express your imagination and creative side as well as develop your existing photographic and IT skills. You will have the opportunity to produce your own range of work, using ideas and influences that you will have studied during this course.

Photography students need to be well organised, highly motivated, proactive and highly inspired by the medium. They should be keen to explore its history to date and the meaning of photography in the digital age.

In order to gain maximum benefit from this course students should budget for: trips to galleries and museums, the costs of the photographic materials needed to build a portfolio and for the purchase of a digital camera. Teaching staff at Suffolk One can provide guidance regarding the purchase of a suitable camera at a reasonable cost.

We do not recommend combining more than two Art & Design subjects at A level; those wishing to pursue full-time study in Art & Design should apply for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design instead.

Course content

This course will enable you to form a personal enquiry and expression using the selection and manipulation of images. You will have the opportunity to explore creative approaches beyond primary observation and recording.

Entry requirements

A genuine personal interest in this subject is required; a GCSE in Art at Grade C is preferred. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their artistic flair by submitting a portfolio of photographs in response to a set brief.


The course is predominantly course work based with two projects undertaken each year. The second project includes an externally set theme and the final artwork is completed under exam conditions.

In year one (AS), students will study the relationship between ideas and photographic practice. Contextual research is an important part of the course. There will be one externally set practical assignment.

In year two (A2), in addition to practical work, students will research, evaluate, analyse and establish links between their own practical work and the broader art world. Students will also produce a written project linked to practical final outcomes and will develop the ability to identify and resolve creative problems. Finally, there will be an externally set practical assignment.

Future opportunities

This A-level will enable potential progression to university onto Photography or Art related degree courses, or a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Both could lead to an Art or Design related career. A Photography A-Level is an excellent accompaniment for anyone wishing to pursue a career in journalism or the television industry.

Further information

Subjects which complement photography might be: English, Fine Art, Graphics, Film Studies, Business and Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk One directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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