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Photography A Level AQA at Grey Court School

Course description

A Level Photography is a challenging subject where both creative and technical ability are important. You will learn how to see with a camera and express ideas through the photographic medium. The course is mostly practical but you will also document progress and research in a work journal. Various genres of photography will be studied, including portrait, still-life, landscape and documentary. There will be theory sessions as well as practical workshops, plus several visits to exhibitions. You will also be expected to work independently and have access to the Digital Media Suite in the 6th form and have their own cameras, if possible.

Course content

A mixture of practical and written activities and most importantly includes taking a huge range of photographs, and producing a portfolio workbook. You will edit your photos on Photoshop and learn how to use this to an advanced level. You will undertake these activities at home and also at school. The key to a good grade though is to write everything down. When you mess something up, write it into your sketchbook or moleskin along with how you learnt from it. When you suffer from “photographers block” – write about it. If the examiner can’t see how you reached a conclusion, you’ll only get half the marks.

 

Component 1: Coursework portfolio of work

Component 2: Externally-set Assignment

Component 3: Personal Investigation.Students develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choice.

Students must include written material of a critical analytical nature (1000-3000 words).

Component 4: Externally-set Assignment. Question paper containing a choice of themes to respond to.

 

Entry requirements

A background in Art is important. Enthusiasm and commitment are essential and to have gained at least a grade 6 in GCSE Art or have a portfolio of artwork to show evidence of ability and commitment to A Level Photography.

Assessment

Year 12:

Component 1: Coursework portfolio of work 60% AS mark

Component 2: Externally-set Assignment with 40% AS mark

Question Paper containing a choice of themes to respond to.

10 hours supervised to produce final piece (s).

 

Please note that photography students will have the option of taking the AS qualification in photography after one year of study.

 

Year 13: Photography

Component 3: Personal Investigation 60% of total A Level mark

Students develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choice. Students must include written material of a critical analytical nature (1000-3000 words).

Component 4: Externally-set Assignment 40% of total A Level mark

Question paper containing a choice of themes to respond to.

15 hours supervised to produce final piece(s).


 

Future opportunities

A Level Photography complements a practical Art subject. You would need to consider the breadth of your course choices at college and relate that to your future career or university plan. (Media, Art, Product Design, ICT) University courses could include Media, Graphic Design, Photography, Animation, Art and Film Production.

 

Students who wish to follow a career in an art related area after A Level, will be given guidance and advice about applications to Art Foundation and degree courses through UCAS, personal statements, preparation of a portfolio, unusual projects, discussions, outside speakers, gallery visits etc. A Level Photography is one of the accepted routes, usually followed by a one-year Foundation course, to specialist degree courses in different Art & Design practices. There are a growing number of courses to choose from and there are also many combined or modular degrees in which art, design and photography are components

Enrichment opportunities : Students who wish to follow a career in a photography related area after A Level (Photographer, Photojournalist, Graphic Designer, Animator, Film Production, Visual Effects producer, Journalism), will be given guidance and advice about applications to Art Foundation and degree courses through UCAS, personal statements and preparation of a portfolio. Candidates should use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to underpin their work where appropriate. There is no specific requirement for candidates to demonstrate drawing skills in this endorsement unless they wish to.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Photography A Level

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