Art & Design - Photography

Entry Requirements 

Grade 6 in either GCSE Photography, GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Textiles, Merit in BTEC Art (Level 2) or approval of portfolio.


About This Course

Photography is about looking, analysing, making and communicating. You will explore the work of an extensive range of photographers and artists and have the opportunity to access media such as digital SLR photography, studio photography, analogue and dark room techniques, screen printing and digital editing in Photoshop to create a broad and extensive portfolio. You are encouraged to express you own artistic identity and will explore independently identified themes. As far as possible the course will be tailored to support your own interests.  


Course Content & Assessment

AQA A Level Photography consists of two parts Component 1: Personal Investigation 60% and Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%. Following a series of portfolio workshops you will start component one where you have complete freedom to select the idea, concept or theme for your ‘Personal Investigation’. Your practical work will be presented in sketchbooks and supported by written reflection. (1000-3000 words).

For component two AQA provide a range of ideas or concepts, you choose one to explore and develop into a final piece. This is completed during 15 hours of supervised time.

What could this course lead to?

A Level Photography can lead to higher qualifications, such as the Foundation Diploma and Degree. It can also lead to a variety of creative careers including Photography, Film, Television and Visual Culture, Animation, Graphic Design, Marketing and Journalism.


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