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A Level: Art and Design (Photography) at Rawlins Academy

Course description

This course is practically based and explores photographic techniques. You will further develop your skills using mixed media, darkroom skills, non digital and studio techniques and fine art ways of working using photography. You will work with Creative Software; including Photoshop CS6. As in GCSE Art Photography you will work to a theme, developing your ideas, working with a wide range of materials and techniques, researching the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and producing your own finished artwork. You will evaluate and document the process throughout your project. Component 1 (60%) For your chosen Photography specialism in A level Art you will produce three coursework projects. This includes a self set project, with extended written work, you will choose your own area of study for this unit of work. This component will take place over the first and second year of study. Component 2 (40%) You will be given an externally set project with a practical exam of fifteen hours duration for the creation and completion of your final piece of art work. This component will take place in your second year of study.

Entry requirements

Rawlins Level 3 P16 entry requirements. 

You will need to have achieved at least a grade C in a creative based subject. If you have not studied a creative based subject at GCSE you will be required to produce a portfolio of your work in April of Year 11.


Practical and written Coursework (60%) and Practical Examination (40%)with fifteen hours exam for the creation and completion of your final piece of art work.

Future opportunities

Photography is a good subject for students who wish to pursue a career in the creative industries. The course will allow students the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and put together a portfolio suitable for application to Foundation Courses in Art and Design and some direct entry Art, Media Design based degree courses through UCAS. There are a wide range of careers that students can pursue in the creative field of Art; Photography, Illustration, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photojournalism, Advertising and Fashion to name but a few.

Further information

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

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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