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Art & Design Photography A level at East Sussex College

Course description

Our award winning course is an exciting and inspiring way to explore the visual language of photography. This course is designed to help you become visually literate by giving you the skills in composition, lighting, focus and exposure and encourages you to make expressive, meaningful photographs. You will develop skills in both digital and chemical image making and explore the work of many other photographers, artists and filmmakers. The course is project and assignment based giving you: practical experience with digital and film SLRs; practice in the photographic studio; developing darkroom skills; an ability to critically analyse work from the history of photography; and instilling self-awareness of your own progress in the subject.In year one you will be introduced to the work of lots of inspiring photographers and will create your own responses using a variety of processes including digital, film, darkroom and studio. You will study the technical features of your camera and, working in a sketchbook, you will document your progress, analysing and reflecting on your work. In year 2 you will create a personal Investigation which focuses on an area of photographic study that interest you such as portraiture, fashion, experimental or even moving images. Your course completes with a 15 hour practical exam and an end of year celebration in the final shows.Throughout the year you will be invited on trips to London and further including an international trip; recent visits have included Berlin, Iceland, New York and Hong Kong. You will also get the chance to work with other departments such Hair & Beauty to photograph their creations, and to take part in various competitions and enrichments.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

There are no subject specific entry criteria for this course.


Internal assessment will take place at regular intervals throughout the course. External moderation will take place at the end of the course

Future opportunities

After completion, you can go on to employment, an apprenticeship or further specialism in Education. Learners wanting to progress in the creative industries may take the one year full-time Art Foundation Course, the two year Foundation Degree or a three year full BA Honours course in the specialism of your choice.

Further information

This is a new course which works to the new reformed specification

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: 30 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 5880/071
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