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Art and Design: Photography A Level at George Stephenson High School

Course description

In Year 12 you will follow a course of study which allows you to become proficient in using a variety of digital photography equipment, media and techniques. Learners will have the opportunity to pursue independent projects exploring location and studio photography. Learners will explore tungsten and studio flash, they will use light meters and reflectors, tripods and speed lights. Digital image manipulation plays a key role within photography; therefore students will learn how to edit images using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom on our Mac books. Students will find inspiration from the work of other artists, photographers and designers, and there will be opportunities for students to visit photographic studios and galleries.
During the year you will produce a portfolio module of experimental work based around a set theme, and an externally set assignment.

In Year 13 you will build upon the level of skills, knowledge and understanding developed in Year 12. During the year you will produce a self-devised practical assignment, accompanied by a written component of 1000-3000 words, and an externally set assignment.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including a C or above in a creative subject such as Photography, Art and Design, Graphics or Product Design


Each unit is assessed by a display of the completed assignment, including preparation, analysis, developmental work and final outcome. Students may work in the photography studio during and after school hours. Visits to galleries and artistic sites are an integral part of the course and a fundamental requirement.

Financial information

We would prefer students to have a digital 35mm camera, although cameras will be available to rent. Students are required to provide their own AA batteries card reader and external hard drive. Students will also need to contribute towards their final show printing costs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact George Stephenson High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017

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