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A Level Photography at Rutlish School

Course description

You get to be a Photographer and spend all your lesson taking photographs, making photographs, taking about photographs and even writing about photographs! Are you getting the picture - we love photography! Photography A’ level gives students a broad opportunity to engage with a range of lens based media – this means that film and digital cameras can be used, and even video is an option. We study a range of contemporary photography to develop understanding and explore the creative use of photography as well as gain a thorough understanding of the technical processes underpinning film based and digital photography. Beginning with the summer project work, we encourage students to take photos regularly and our first term is focused on developing the basic camera skills via a series of practical workshops. This course enables you to work on developing your own ideas; it focuses on giving you the skills and critical vocabulary to express yourself. Students will have regular tutorials in which they receive individual feedback and guidance bespoke to their own projects.

Course content

We work with at least two photographic media – film photography, digital photography or the moving image. You will learn how to critically evaluate a photograph and moving image, how to compose and take photographs and how to use a dark room, Photoshop and digital printers to create unique images. We work to facilitate students individual ideas and this may mean some advanced Photoshop or it could mean a specialized printing process like cynatypes, animations or acid etching! We work to help you achieve your goals and meet the A level assessment objectives.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art B or a suitable portfolio of photographic work. Applicants for this course will be required to attend a workshop with their portfolio as part of the interview process.


By both coursework and an externally set assignment. The coursework is negotiated with your tutor and will be an ongoing portfolio of work that demonstrates research and experimentation resulting in an exhibition of final prints. The externally set assignment follows a similar structure, the difference being that the initial topic is set by the exam board and there is a set time for completion; however, there is still a great scope for individual variations within the theme.

Future opportunities

An A Level in photography would be ideal for progression to a specialist degree course in photography or an art foundation degree course. The skills developed would benefit studies in a wide range of practical arts subjects. Recent graduates have gone on to study courses in Digital Effects Design and Architectural Design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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