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Photography A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

Click! Snap! Photography at Bilborough Sixth Form College, which follows the AQA syllabus, allows you to develop a personal approach to image making. In the first term you'll learn the basic underpinning theory and practical application of both traditional and digital photography. Later on you'll apply a wide variety of photographic techniques and approaches including: photography as personal expression, study skills and time management, various genres of photography, and the critical assessment of imagery. Our Photography department is a great place to hone your skills. We're proud to have two large teaching areas with industry-standard PC suites. The large black & white darkroom has facilities for both wet tray development and dry-to-dry processing of photographic paper.

To study Photograhpy at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C or above in English GCSE, and an enthusiasm for visual imagery and have an inquisitive nature.

Students have access to a wide range of photographic equipment.  As it is impossible to cover these items under the general college insurance, the department underwrites the insurance and charges each student a £15 fee to cover the cost; this also allows students free access to film and photographic paper throughout their course.  The money should be paid at enrolment in August.

Course content

AS-level Photography consists of two units. The first is 'Portfolio', where you'll be asked to choose one of the topic areas designated by your teachers.  These topics are broad and allow for a wide variety of interpretation to suit your individual preferences. Your portfolio will contain both photographic images and an illustrated workbook, demonstrating that you have made both technical and aesthetic in-depth research.  Your body of work will be marked by the college and moderated by a visiting member of AQA in June. The second unit consists of an externally set assignment. You must produce your work to a specific timescale, which includes five hours of unaided supervised work. Again there is a mixture of both practical and academic study, producing a workbook containing research images, notes and critical evaluation and a final set of images.

In your A2 year you will undertake the ‘Personal Investigation’ module, in which you develop work in response to self-initiated ideas or concepts. In addition there is a separate written component explaining your ideas, techniques and artistic influences.Finally, you’ll do another externally set assignment, choosing one topic from eight set by the exam board and producing your work to a specified timescale.

Entry requirements

To study at Bilborough Sixth Form College you must achieve a minimum of 5 A*-C grades in your GCSEs, including English Language and Maths.  We count BTEC Firsts as equivalent to one GCSE.

Future opportunities

Photography is accepted by universities and colleges as a discipline which shows wide-ranging ability. You may wish to continue your study of Photography through a Foundation course in Art and Design or progress on to a degree at one of many institutions across the country. Our knowledgeable Photography teachers are always happy to talk to you about the best possible path to your ideal career - whether you want to be a photographer or do something media-related. Whatever your future plans, we hope to inspire in you a life-long love for image making and a sound grasp of the theory behind it.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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