Art and Design (Photography: Lens-based and Light-based Media) A Level at Matravers School
A Level Art & Design (Photography: Lens-based and Light-based Media) makes demands on the high level intellectual skills of analysis and synthesis as well as expecting students to carry on the development of knowledge and technical ability from the GCSE Photography and Art courses. We hope that this takes place within the context of a lot of enjoyment. Candidates are required to work in one or more areas of Photography; such as portraiture, landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment), still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world, documentary photography, photo journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film. The AS course is entirely practical, with students being introduced to a whole new range of skills and experiences. Annotated sketchbooks are used to provide evidence of idea development and experimentation, while students can expect to produce major pieces of work in Photography: Lens-based and Light-based media. The end of year exam is done in a similar way, the starting points for the work being set by the exam board rather than by the teachers. The A2 course expects students to be more self-directed, with an individually planned unit of work dominating the year. Students select and further develop the ideas and skills from AS, but also include an illustrated 1000–3000 word piece of writing in this coursework unit. Again, the exam follows the same pattern as the coursework.
So far, our Art & Design courses have been extremely successful, with the majority of students gaining Grade A*–C. We would normally expect students to have achieved a Grade B or above at GCSE, but we have seen some students with a C going on to achieve very well when they have sufficient determination and commitment.
Students hoping for an Art & Design Photography and Media-based career will clearly need this qualification and/or one of the other courses offered by the Art Department, but it is also a course which will provide valuable UCAS points for other students, at both AS and A2 Levels. Entry to Higher Education in Art & Design courses is either direct or, more usually, via a one year Foundation Course. Degree level courses and career opportunities are diverse. Statistics show very high levels of Art graduates finding related employment.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matravers School directly.