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Photography at Carshalton High School for Girls

Course description

Photography has been used by practitioners to record, document and present examples of everyday life, in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. It has also been used as the vehicle for artistic expression, communicating personal ideas about the world around us. It is used to convey personal identity more widely than any other art form, is applied in the creative process across art, craft and design and is widely used in social, commercial and scientific contexts. The development of affordable lens-based technology has changed the way that both professionals and the public use photography”. EdExcel specification.

Course content

To start the course the students will develop ideas from the starting point “Home”. Over the course of the year students will be taught dark room processes and black and white film photography, as well as using a digital camera, digital manipulation on Photoshop and physical manipulation techniques with images produced. Students should be producing work that explores a variety of media and as part of the new specification drawing forms an essential element of both development and final product in photography.

Students begin their A2 course in June/July at the end of Year 12 for both Art and Photography. Detailed tutorials are carried out with teaching staff to allow students to develop their own individual theme for the course over the summer. Students are given a range of starting points and will need to explore and develop a project independently through the course of Year 13 to produce a number of outcomes. When starting Year 13 students will need to critically analyse and link Artists into their work and use this as the basis for their 2, 000 word essay to be submitted alongside their coursework at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements to do this A level are 5 A* - C grades in 5 different subjects. The best foundation for success is at least a B grade at GCSE in Art or a grade C with a portfolio of work. Students will need enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and persevere with work, along with a keen interest in developing their own skills and learning more about artists.


AS: Starting theme ‘In Detail’ which develops into your own Personal Theme.7 week preparation and an 8 Hour Exam.
The A Level Art Course consists of a further two units: Unit 4 Externally Set Assignment (ESA) You will select your own theme from a series of set questions and discussion with teacher. This unit includes a written component of 2000 words. Set paper by Edexcel 7 week preparation and a 12 Hour Exam.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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