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Art & Design A Level Photography 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.


The course is made up of projects and assignments with identified assessment points built in to it. These assessments feed into the College reporting system, and from these we can chart your progress against your Minimum Target Grade which is based on your previous GCSE achievements. We can also chart your progress to assist in delivering the best guidance and support to suit your individual learning programme.Through this continuous assessment and regular feedback you can see your own progress and development as you continue through the year.

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

As an A Level student we would expect you to work about 5 hours a week at either home or in the studios in addition to your class time.

As a student in the Visual Arts you would be eligible to go on the annual Visual Arts International Study trip. Recent destinations have been Berlin, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York, Paris, and Chicago.

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: 5880/061
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