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Art and Deisgn - Photography A level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

This course offers an opportunity for a number of students to pursue their interest in Photography; either for its own sake, to enter Art foundation courses or Photography courses or as a support subject for other subjects being studied at Degree level. For example Photo Journalism, Marine Biology, Medicine, Architecture, Sport, Desktop Publishing, Book Illustration, Fashion, Camera Operators and Editing etc

The main sustaining focus of our course is black and white photography. Wet darkroom techniques are taught with a variety of experimental skills. Digital photography is taught using Digital cameras, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Light room. Integrated into the course are lighting techniques using multiple back drops. Both Digital and Analogue photography are encouraged.

Course content

We currently use Phone Cameras, Digital and Analogue SLR film cameras. However acquiring your own camera is advantageous and would benefit the more dedicated student, although this is not essential. We also like students to express themselves artistically and experiment independently. Independent learning is an important aspect of this course, backed up with tutorials from tutors and peers. During the course you will be required to supply yourself with film and quality printing paper but some will be supplied to you by the department.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Art and Design or Design Technology

Skills required

Your response to the course is expressed through the photographic medium, presented in the format of a portfolio of photographs and several workbooks. In the second year of study an Essay about some of your chosen Photographers will be presented with examples of your own work illustrating your interest the choices that you made. You will need to attend Galleries and explore the work of photographers recording your analysis of their work.

Your ideas will be expressed by sourcing images from locations of your own choosing and those directed by teachers. You will need to work independently and in your own time during the school day and beyond the school day.

Your ideas will be discussed and challenged by your peers and tutors during tutorials. You need to be critical of your own work and express this through your portfolio.

As a Photographer you will need artistic sensibilities, computer skills, Business Skills, Customer Service skills, Interpersonal Skills, a working knowledge of ICT and be Detail Oriented.


Year 12

Unit 1: Coursework, Practical Work, Weighting 60%, Internally set, Internally marked, Internally moderated

Unit 2: Coursework, Weighting 60%, Internally set, Internally marked, Externally moderated

Year 13

Unit 2 (continued): Coursework, Practical Work, Personal Study, Weighting 60%, Internally set, Internally marked, Externally moderated

Unit 3: Externally set assignment, Weighting 40%, Externally set, Internally marked, Externally moderated

All work is assessed internally and externally moderated by the examination board.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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