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Photography A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

AS: This is a one year course leading to the AQA AS Level in Art & Design (Photography). The course provides opportunities to develop intellectual, imaginative and creative skills while helping students to understand the practices and use of photography in the past and in contemporary society.

A2: The A2 units will build on skills and understanding developed in the AS and will allow for a greater depth of experience and study. When combined with the AS it will result in the Advanced Level Art & Design (Photography)

The course as a whole will provide a broad and balanced study of the development of photography and its significance as a means of expression and communication. The college darkroom and studio offer all students the opportunity to respond to a range of themes in an individual manner. The college provides 35mm and digital cameras, a fully equipped darkroom and a studio with tungsten and electronic flash systems. Digital darkroom facilities are also available offering Adobe Photoshop and other graphics software along with flatbed scanners and printers.

Entry requirements

You will need six full GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English Language and a creative/art based subject.

Other qualifications will be considered from more mature students. 

Assessment

Both the AS and A2 consist of a coursework unit and a control test set by the board both worth 50% each. They are marked internally then externally moderated. 

Future opportunities

This subject can be combined with other AS/A Level Art and Design subjects and used to provide a good folder for entry to Foundation Courses in Art and Design or combined with other A levels for entry to university or used to provide access to specialist photography courses. 

Further information

Contact Name: Sam Rouse Curriculum Leader - Arts
Contact Email: srouse@jcc.ac.uk
 

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: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: POAS-DJA119
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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      The Recording Studio is a fantastic music facility which utilises the latest digital technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
       
      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
      The Science Department contains eight state-of-the-art laboratories catering for all the science curricula delivered in the College.
       
      We have extensive network of, wired and wireless, computers have high speed internet connections giving you unlimited access to the World Wide Web. Creative departments such as Art, Design & Media are fully furnished with state of the art iMacs. Alongside these students will have access to MacBook’s for independent work. The iMacs and MacBook’s are equipped with professional software allowing high quality production of video, graphics and photography work. Art & Design facilities also include specialist pottery equipment and photographic dark rooms.
       
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