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Art and Design: Photography at Ryde Academy

Course description

Over the two year course you will learn to compose, process and edit both traditional film and digital photographs. You will have the opportunity to create portfolios of work based on a theme, concept or idea and learn how to present your photographs in an effective and exciting manner.

Course content


Module 1: Coursework Portfolio

Students are introduced to a variety of photographic techniques both digital and traditional. The module which has the title ‘Viewpoints’ looks at the following areas to give students an overview of photography:

• Photograms and Pinhole photography

• Black and white film photography and darkroom techniques

• Digital photography and the use of Photoshop

• Portraiture

• Landscape photography

• Still Life photography

• Architectural photography

• Photomanipulation, both digital and in the darkroom.

Students are required to research the work of photographers and artists, and to reflect and review upon their own work, to develop ideas to produce personal response to the ‘Viewpoints’ theme.

Module 2: Externally Set Assignment

The emphasis of this unit is the development of ideas. Students are given a choice of 5 questions from which they may choose one, this will be the starting point for their research and experimentation. Following a period of initial research there is a 5 hour exam for students to produce work unaided.


Module 3: Personal Investigation

This unit consists of practical portfolio work and a written element of between 1000 and 3000 words. Students are expected to develop a personal investigation based on a concept, idea or theme of their choice. The written element of the module to support their practical investigations.

Module 4: Externally Set Assignment

This unit is similar to module 2 but with a choice of 8 questions. Following a period of initial research there is a 15 hour exam for students to produce work unaided.

Entry requirements

Grade C in art or a portfolio task


50% exam 50% coursework.

Future opportunities

This specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Photography or related subjects in Higher Education.

In addition it is suitable for candidates who wish to develop their interest in and enjoyment  of photography.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ryde Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Course code: 50026598

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