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Photography A Level at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

The visual arts, from film production to photography and fine arts to fashion, are an integral part of our culture. This creative art and design-based course offers students the opportunity to explore the remarkable impact photography has on our lives and opens the door to a wide range of occupations, particularly within new media and communication. Covering a wide range of practical and research skills this is a course for determined, motivated and creative individuals

Course content

  • Use of cameras; lenses, aperture, exposure
  • Black and white photographic printing
  • Photograms
  • Studio lighting
  • Digital photography
  • Use of image manipulation software
  • The manipulated image
  • Early developments in photography
  • The photographic portrait
  • Documentary photography
  • The photographic avant-garde

Entry requirements

Organisation and tenacity are important attributes for a successful student, as well as motivation and the ability to seek out exciting image-making opportunities. It is preferable that students achieve a grade B or above in an Art and Design subject at GCSE. Where no previous art qualification has been taken, prospective students will need to demonstrate a proven enthusiasm for the subject.


At A Level you will produce a porƞolio of work for component one covering a wide range of photographic processes and approaches. With this porƞolio, you will show how you can develop ideas and refine work into an accomplished final piece at the end of individually-selected investigation into an idea, concept or theme. This will count for 60% of your total A Level marks. In component two, you will produce practical photography-based work in response to one of eight exciting starting points issued by the examination board. This will count for 40% of your total A Level mark.

Future opportunities

The visual arts offer an expanding and exciting range of careers for talented individuals in a growth area of the UK economy. Students can progress to a Higher Education course in wide range of visual arts specialisms or in other subject areas. To progress to a degree in Photography, students would normally be required to take a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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