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Art and Design (Photography) A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

Mascalls Academy offers four separate A Level courses within the area of Art and Design and students will be introduced to a wide variety of experiences exploring a range of media, techniques and processes, with candidates using sketchbooks and portfolios to underpin their work where appropriate.


Students will study areas of photography design such as portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, photo-journalism and experimental imagery.

Course content

A Level - Years 1 and 2

Year 12 - Component 1

Students will be introduced to a range of techniques and artists and asked to produce a portfolio of work in response to the common theme which they will develop in their own direction.

Year 12 - Component 2

This is an externally set unit with the emphasis on the development of ideas and thorough experimentation using a variety of media and techniques.

Year 13 - Component 1

Personal investigation – this is a practical unit with written elements (1500-3000 words) in which students are given the opportunity to develop a personal investigation of their choice based on an issue, concept, theme or ideas leading to finished piece. The investigation will involve students researching other artist’s work both historic and contemporary.

Year 13 - Component 2

Controlled assessment – students will be able to select a question from the exam paper and given 8 weeks preparation time which concludes with a 15 hour exam in which to complete the final piece.

Entry requirements

Level 5+ in one of the Art subjects at GCSE.  Please note that for students wishing to study more than one art based subject, they will need to perform highly at GCSE.  Admission onto multiple courses will be determined on an individual basis. 

Future opportunities

Many of our art students go onto Foundation Courses at local or London colleges with whom we have close contact and from there to university to specialise in the form of the arts most suited to their skills.

The creative arts is one of the fastest growing employment sectors and art students can expect a range of job opportunities either establishing themselves as artists, designers and photographers in their own right or through working in a gallery, museum, in the theatre, in film, advertising, marketing, therapy, teaching, publishing or illustrating, to mention just a few.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2018
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