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Photography A Level at Strode College

Course description

This course is designed to give a basic grounding in conventional and digital photography. You will develop your knowledge, skills and techniques in these areas through assignment work and, as the course develops, you will choose an area of photography such as landscape or portraiture.

Course content

You will study the work of famous photographers and styles of photography. As you progress you will work with increased self-direction on personal projects; theory and written work will become more important at this stage. You should be prepared to put in a sustained effort over the year, as this course includes both theory and a strong element of coursework.
You do not need to show drawing skills, but you will need a good mix of creative and technical ability combined with writing skills. You will be expected to work safely and tidily in a busy darkroom, as well as with AppleMac computers.
Students are advised to take no more than two A Level visual or performance related subjects due to the quantity of coursework, deadlines and exam dates (Art and Design, Graphic Design, Textiles, Photography, Music, Music Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance).
Our extensive arts facilities include a conventional black and white darkroom, a suite of Apple Mac computers and a variety of photographic equipment available for loan. The College Shop sells film and materials necessary for the course. You will have the opportunity to join study trips, including a day trip to Lacock and Lacock Abbey and an optional residential trip to Paris and New York. Our End of Year Arts Show, which is open to the public, is a highlight of the year, with final year Photography students exhibiting their work around college in professional gallery settings.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent including grade C or above in GCSE Art related subject.


The course is assessed through coursework and a controlled test.

Future opportunities

Photography students can progress straight to a degree course provided their portfolio of work demonstrates the strengths required by university programmes. Past students have gained places on Photography degrees at the College of the Arts in London and the universities of Exeter, Falmouth, Newport and Plymouth.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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