A Level - Photography
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
This course is aimed at those students who appreciate the visual world. It offers an opportunity to express your imagination and creative side as well as develop your existing photographic and IT skills. You will have the opportunity to produce your own range of work, using ideas and influences that you will have studied during this course.
Photography students need to be well organised, highly motivated, proactive and highly inspired by the medium. They should be keen to explore its history to date and the meaning of photography in the digital age.
The emphasis of coursework is on individual projects that promote personal interpretation and the development of individual style.
This course will enable you to form a personal enquiry and expression using the selection and manipulation of images. You will have the opportunity to explore creative approaches beyond primary observation and recording and you will investigate:
- Alternative processes
- Black and white photography
- Colour photography
- Digital photography
- Location photography
- Studio photography
The course is predominantly course work based with two projects undertaken each year. The second project includes an externally set theme and the final artwork is completed under exam conditions.
In year one (AS Level), students will study the relationship between ideas and photographic practice. Contextual research is an important part of the course. There will be one externally set practical assignment.
In year two (A Level), in addition to practical work, students will research, evaluate, analyse and establish links between their own practical work and the broader art world. Students will also produce a written project linked to practical final outcomes and will develop the ability to identify and resolve creative problems. Finally, there will be an externally set practical assignment.
The course has been designed to ensure that not only will your practical artistic skills and abilities be developed, but also your ability to reflect on your own work and the work of others. You will produce supporting studies throughout the course, including a journal that is part sketchbook and part diary. You will be encouraged to experiment broadly and generate lots of ideas for each unit.
This A level will enable potential progression to university onto Photography or Art related degree courses, or a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Both could lead to an Art or Design related career. A Photography A Level is an excellent accompaniment for anyone wishing to pursue a career in journalism or the television industry.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
A genuine personal interest in this subject is required; a GCSE in Art at grade 4 is preferred. Students must demonstrate their artistic flair by submitting a selection of 12 effective photographs in response to a set brief.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
We do not recommend combining more than two Art & Design subjects at A level; those wishing to pursue full-time study in Art & Design should apply for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design instead.
The following subjects will complement this A level: English Literature, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Media Studies.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
All of your creative, practical and analytical work will be assessed by your tutors and moderated externally. At the end of each year the externally set practical assignment will demonstrate all that you have learnt and achieved.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study on any of our courses. However you will be asked to contribute to the cost of resources and colour printing.
Art packs to provide sufficient files, portfolios, mount boards and an 8Gb Memory Stick for the year will be available at cost price, we aim to keep this below £35
In order to gain maximum benefit from this course students should budget for:
- The purchase of a digital camera (ideally a DSLR). Teaching staff at Suffolk One can provide guidance regarding the purchase of a suitable camera at a reasonable cost.
- Trips to galleries, museums and inspiring photographic locations in order to gain maximum benefit from this course. These will take place once a term and we aim to keep the cost below £15 for each trip.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
AS is a one year course; A Level is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body EdExcel
- Applications Accepting