Photography A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form
Students will learn how to develop and extend their existing GCSE photographic skills and techniques in both dark room practice and in the use of Photoshop. They will be encouraged to become more experimental in their approach to practical photography, building
upon their strengths to further extend and enhance their expertise. They will be encouraged to develop a more enquiring and personal approach to their interpretation of project briefs – whether leaning towards Fine Art Photography or towards the more commercial
graphic production aspects of the medium. At this level originality, creativity and commitment are the keys to success
If Photography has not been studied at GCSE, then students will be expected to familiarise themselves with the free 30 day trial of Adobe Photoshop over the summer holidays before starting the course. Students must have access to their own 35mm film camera
and a digital camera throughout this course. (Smart phone cameras are not sufficient at this advanced level)
Component 1 - Personal Investigation - Weighting 60%, Extended coursework project. 75% practical work, 25% written research and analysis.
Content: Students will explore a set project theme. Developing practical, analytical and conceptual skills as they progress, culminating in a personal response to the theme in a range of materials.
Component 2 -Externally Set Assignment - Weighting 40%, Externally set project. 75% practical work, 25% written research and analysis.15 hour final practical exam.
Content: Personal interpretation of an externally set project brief covering the same elements as the coursework portfolio but in a shorter time span.
A level Photography is beneficial for those who wish to follow a career in Photography. Students will also be well placed to progress to higher education in any visual arts field such as film making, animation, fine art, illustration, graphic design and web
design. We have an excellent record of Photography students progressing onto a range on creative degree courses via our Btec Diploma in Foundation studies. Photography itself is a useful life skill that students will be able to draw upon throughout their lives,
whether they are recording future memories or pursuing their interests as a creative pastime.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.
Last updated date: 13 September 2016