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Photography A Level at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why study Photography?
Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways?

If so you should consider taking Photography in the Sixth Form here at Colston's Girls' School. You will enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you.

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means 'drawing with light' and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Photographers explore a wide range of techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of Photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it.

Develop your creativity
Learn to express yourself visually
Let your imagination go wild!

Course content

The emphasis of this course is learning by doing. In the first year you will produce a portfolio of coursework selected by you, whilst for the Externally Set Assignment you will create ideas in response to one of the five exciting starting points provided.

In the second year you will create an in-depth Personal Investigation and respond to a final Externally Set Assignment to create ideas in response to one of the eight exciting starting points provided.

During the course you will learn about and explore a wide range of different approaches to photographic subject matter, media, techniques and processes, discovering where your interests and passion lies.

Entry requirements

Enthusiasm, interest and creativity! GCSE Art and Design C Grade or above or examples of work.


AS Level: Coursework Portfolio (60%) and Externally Set Assignment (40%)

A Level: Personal Investigation with a 3000 word essay (60%) and Externally Set Assignment (40%)

Future opportunities

Photography offers access to a wide range of courses including degrees in: Animation, Commercial Photography, Photographic Illustration, Creative and Editorial Photography, Digital Media, Fashion Photography, Film and Television, Film and Visual Culture, Forensic Photography, Medical Photography, Visual Communication…

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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