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Photography A Level at The King Alfred School

Course description

You will be: 

Introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will become aware of traditional and new technologies.

Explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. 

Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. They may wish to develop their drawing skills in order to produce storyboards, thumbnail sketches and/or diagrams, where appropriate. 

Use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

Be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.

Course content

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• 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, photojournalism

• fashion photography

• experimental imagery

• multimedia

• photographic installation

• moving image (video, film, animation).

Entry requirements

Highly desirable to have achieved a grade B or above at GCSE.

Financial information

There will be an expected contribution towards specialist materials within the course costs.

Future opportunities

Careers could include:

  • Photojournalist
  • Advertising/editorial/fashion photographer
  • Photographer in the public sector such as museums, schools, hospitals, police, teacher etc.

Further information

Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

• Relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources

• How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in their chosen area(s) of Photography

• Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres 

• How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created

• Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Photography

• A working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Alfred School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

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