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Photography AS & A Level at Sir John Deane's College

Course description

This course is designed to engage students from across the ability range and lays a foundation for further study into Photography as well as enabling creative training which would link to other creative careers.

Student centred learning is at the heart of the department’s philosophy; the course is seen as a collaborative journey between staff and student.

Course content

In the first year, emphasis is on exploring new techniques, processes and disciplines such as still life, landscape, fashion and portrait photography. Students are taught to use the camera and become proficient with Photoshop and Camera Raw and there are also opportunities to learn studio flash skills in our purpose built Photographic studio.

Students will work on specifically designed projects and briefs which vary from a few quick sessions to longer periods of research and idea development. Art history and contextual studies are also an essential part of the course and you will be encouraged to explore the work of professional artists and photographers to influence and inspire you.

Throughout the second year students work much more independently and studies can be based on a wide range of experiences and interests using the skills that have been developed in year 1.

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Students will be able to visit local cities and galleries as part of their studies. Study trips abroad are also offered and, in the past four year, students have visited Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and New York.

Some students have worked in the community with local businesses and organisations such as Weaver Hall Museum. Our photographers are also regularly given the opportunity to record student events at Sir John Deane’s such as sports tournaments, non-uniform day or charitable causes.

Future opportunities

The department is successful at supporting students into Higher Education and feedback from admissions tutors is always extremely complimentary. Some students leave us to study Photography, whether Fine Art Photography, Fashion Photography or even Forensics Photography. Meanwhile, many simply use the course to supplement their portfolios to enter related degrees such as media, film, fashion or Graphic Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Deane's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
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