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Photography AS Level/A Level at Barr's Hill School and Community College

Course description

The Photography curriculum is a new, exciting and expanding subject that is available to our KS5 students. The course gives students the opportunity to use both traditional and digital cameras  enabling exploration of state of the art IT software which can be used to enhance/manipulate images digitally and the opportunity to use dark room facilities/techniques to film and develop.  Students will be developing their skills and understanding to produce their own ideas and creative theme based photos. 

The course begins with a six week led 'induction' which explores the use of both digital and traditional methods of photography.  This will include contextual links to inspire imagination and develop understanding of thematic work.  There will be opportunities to work independently and pursue own creative thinking with the support from teaching staff.

Students will be expected to develop a sketchbook as a record and evidence of progress throughout camera experimentation, exploration of media/techniques, annotation, contextual references and idea/outcome development.  Skills learned include: film development, Photoshop, camera technology and composition.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade C in Art or Media or approved portfolio of work displaying sound ability in the subject.


Future opportunities

On a wider theme the subject will enhance your understanding and provide a practical experience of the role, purpose and function of photography in society.  Photography and technology are growing constantly with many job opportunities leading to professional photography for magazines, newspapers, fashion, forensics, medical, design and journalism.  It is a valuable skill useful in other visual arts and an exciting interest that can be carried on in later life.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barr's Hill School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September