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Photography A Level at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College

Course description

AS/A level Art and Design: Photography will be offered by the Art Department. The focus will be upon building a portfolio of evidence, which will lead towards grade award, future employment, further/higher education or university within an Art and Design, Creative Industries or Media based context.

The AS Level course is based upon one component and the A Level course upon two components which are taught over 5/6 lessons per week. Students will build their skills and extend their knowledge of digital photography and digital image enhancement. Students are expected to extend their knowledge of the working practices of artists and photographers. This knowledge should be used to inform and inspire students’ own photographic practice.


AS Level Art and Design: Photography consists of one component
1. Externally set task 100% (10 hours)

A Level Art and Design: Photography consists of two components
1. Personal investigation (includes a 1000 word related study) 60%
2. Externally set task 40% (15 hours)

AS/A Level Assessment Objectives are:-
AO1 – Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding (25%)

AO2 – Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops (25%)

AO3 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress (25%)

AO4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, make connections between visual and other elements (25%)

Students will benefit from having a digital camera to facilitate their work at home. This may be as basic as a phone camera, whereby digital images can be recorded, saved and printed for future use. A portable storage device would also be useful.

Future opportunities

Further study can take the following routes:
- Foundation Studies to experience different aspects of Art and Design, followed by entry onto degree course
- Direct entry onto degree course

With a Media based pathway:
- Direct entry onto degree course

The specific key areas for study at degree level are:
- Photography – fine art, studio, fashion, journalism
- Film and Television Production
- Interactive Design – graphics, advertising and animation

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2017
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