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Photography A-Level at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form

Course description

Over the two year course, students are given the chance to work to a brief and develop an area of interest. By the end of the course students will develop a wide range of skills:

  • The ability to communicate intentions visually.
  • Develop knowledge of digital editing skills including Photoshop
  • Knowledge of how to use a DSLR camera using only the manual settings.
  • Knowledge of wet photography techniques including SLR Cameras and film, ‘camera less’ techniques including Photograms and Pinhole photography.

Course content

Year 12:

Project 1- Movement. Students use their new found understanding of using the manual settings to develop the themes of Freeze, Blur, Panning and Sequential using shutter speeds. Use of Film Cameras, Photograms and Digital SLRs. Students will experiment with both landscape and portrait photography in this project, before setting their own proposal. All practical work is fully supported by analysis and understanding of the work of other photographers.

Project 2- Written on the body. Students develop visual awareness and investigate their ability to perceive understand and express concepts and feelings through portrait photography. They are then given an externally set exam brief, and produce a proposal of their own based on this.

Year 13

Project: Students are encouraged to choose an area of photography that they are interested in. Students produce Contemporary Fine Art Photography which may include three dimensional installations and additional practitioners.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C at GCSE

(GCSE in Art desirable)

Future opportunities

Most obviously, you may choose to become a professional photographer (Weddings, Portrait, Press, Wildlife, landscape, Sport or Medical to name just a few) or even go on to study a foundation course or Degree in photography. However an A Level in photography would be an excellent qualification if you were thinking of a career in a number of other industries too.

Journalist, Web designer, Graphic Designer, Teacher, working in advertising, or any media related industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchill Academy and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years