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Photography

How long is the course?

This is a one year course

Who is the course for?

A-Level Photography is for anyone who enjoys taking photographs and being fully engaged with their learning. The course is dependent on students being independent and show passion for their subject, where leaners take the lead in their learning. To access this course it is essential you have met a grade C+ at GCSE; or a Merit at BTEC within Art and Design.

How will I be assessed?

Your AS Level will cover the following areas: Component 1: NEA (Non Exam Assessment) 96 Marks- 60% of AS Each student must include in their portfolio: • A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study • At least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials. Portfolios may also include: • Critical/contextual work, which could include written material such as journals, reviews, reflections and evaluations, annotations and historical background material. Evidence may be included from books, journals, moving images, photographs, digital presentations and the internet, as well as studies made during a residency, site, gallery or museum visit. • Sketchbooks, workbooks, journals. Alternatively, students may wish to present a series of related images mounted on sheets where. Component 2: Externally Set Task Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time 96 marks- 40% of AS • Separate question papers will be provided for each title. These will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date. • Preparatory period – from 1 February Following receipt of the paper students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes. • Supervised time – 10 hours Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive. • In the 10 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. Students must stop work on their preparatory work as soon as the first period of supervised time starts. • Students may refer to their preparatory work in the supervised time, but it must not be added to or amended.

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?

We have excellent facilities and equipment for you to use to reach your full potential on the course. You will have access to a large amount of DSLR Cameras, studio lighting and the latest industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite. You do not need to supply your own camera.

What will I be studying?

You will be studying a large range of skills and techniques which will cover both practical and critical/contextual work. Whilst developing independent projects you will broaden skills in how to use a Digital SLR Camera, and all of its functions and features. During your course you will follow a course that is independent to you and develop skills in the areas you are most interested. This can range from the use of composition, camera skills or using Photoshop to its full potential. You will learn about contrasting artists and photographers and the way they work to inspire you.

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