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Art & Design - Photography AS/A2 at Christ's College Guildford

Course description

Learning Photography will enable you to develop your artistic and creative skills. It is not essential to be able to draw, you just need an artistic eye, as the camera will be your paintbrush! You will learn how to manipulate photographs using Photoshop, use professional studio equipment, learn about composition, lighting and image meaning. The format of the course is similar to any Art course.

Course content

Component 1: Personal investigation 60% This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by you and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2: Externally set assignment 40% This is an externally set assignment, to include preparatory research completed in lessons and a final piece completed in fifteen hours controlled conditions.

Entry requirements

This is a highly practical course where all your work counts.  You do not need to have previously studied Art at GCSE although you must have a keen enthusiasm for the subject.  This is a fun course but also challenging, so you must be self-motivated and resourceful.

Future opportunities

There is a vast range of careers within the photography world including Advertising, Fashion, Product, Travel, Television and Film.  It also makes a great hobby.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact the Sixth Form Centre at or call us on 01483 484511.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ's College Guildford directly.

Last updated date: 28 November 2014
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
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