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A Level Photography at Saint Gregory's Catholic College

Course description

The course will allow you initially to explore different photography techniques in a mainly digital format during the first two terms with three projects focusing on Landscape, Portraiture and Still-Life. You will be introduced to many traditional and contemporary photographers and their techniques to inspire your own independent creative responses to the themes. Following on from this you will specialise in your chosen area for an extended project allowing you to develop your own personal outcomes. You will learn how to use photographic equipment including cameras, studio equipment and Adobe Photoshop for editing images.

Overall you will learn to use Photography as a means of exploring your own creativity allowing you to communicate ideas about yourself and your environment in a visual way. Trips to shoot locations and exhibitions will take place throughout the year to help aid your learning experience.

Course content

First year:

The AS is studied in the first year. It forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full A level. AS can be taken as a stand-alone specification, or as part of the full A Level course.

Unit 1: Coursework portfolio of personal work.

Unit 2: Controlled assignment taken over an extended period set by the examination board.

Second year:

During the second year of study the assessment is divided into a further two units.

Unit 3: Personal investigation, including a sustained piece of writing of 1000-3000 words.

Unit 4: Controlled assignment set by the examination board

Entry requirements

Many will have taken Art GCSE and achieved at least a grade B, or have followed a personal interest in photography and will be able to provide evidence to support this. Five GCSE’s A-C (Including English and Maths) will prove your commitment to the large amounts of coursework you can expect from Photography A -Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Gregory's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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