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How long is the course?

This is a one year course (8 lessons per fortnight)

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for students who are determined to work hard, engage in independent and group activities and meet deadlines. GCSE Art and Design: Photography is a portfolio based course which requires skill, concentration and dedication. Organization is extremely important when taking this course as you will be expected to arrive prepared and ready to learn as deadlines will be short and tasks direct.

What entry qualifications do I need?

Please refer to the website for the most up to date entry requirements: http://www.stroodacademy.org/sixthform

How will I be assessed?

Your AS Level will cover the following areas: Unit 1: Portfolio of work 80 Marks- 60% of GCSE Unit 2: Externally Set Task Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time 80 marks- 40% of GCSE Candidates are required to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to their chosen endorsement through integrated practical, critical and theoretical study that encourages direct engagement with original works and practice. Candidates may work with both traditional and new media. They may be allowed to work solely with new media within any of the endorsements, provided the assessment objectives are met. The specification refers to the areas of art, craft and design which in practice are often interrelated. However, the definitions below give guidance on possible intentions and outcomes, which can be used separately or in combination within the areas:  Art based study can be defined as practice that usually involves the development of personal work and lines of enquiry determined by the need to explore an idea, convey an experience or respond to a theme or issue.  Craft based study can be defined as practice that usually involves making activities that draw upon knowledge of tools, materials and process and associated intellectual, creative and practical skills.  Design based study can be defined as practice that usually involves developing a response to a specific need, brief or starting point, taking account of established requirements, constraints and/or parameters.

What could I do after the course?

There are many careers using photography. Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university. At present most students wishing to take art, craft or design beyond 6th Form will go on to do a one year ‘Foundation’ course at an Art College or University before applying to degree courses in specialist areas of art and design. In recent years increasing numbers of students have gained direct entry onto degree courses. This could lead to careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, design, publishing and the media. The study of Art can also help you develop transferable skills in which you can take into any career or job.

What else do I need to know?

At Strood Academy we are extremely fortunate to be sponsored by University of the Creative Arts. These links enable our students to regularly attend Art and Design workshops, work alongside Graduate Students and develop their understanding of available careers and opportunities first hand. Attending events led by UCA and working alongside university mentors and staff enables an in depth insight into what can be achieved through the completion of an Art and Design based course.

What will I be studying?

Candidates should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, and reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, new media practice, video, television and film. Your studies will cover the following four assessment objectives:
 AO1 Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
 AO2 Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
 AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
 AO4 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

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