Teachers of Photography
- Mr J Sharp (Curriculum Leader)
Reasons to Study Photography
Photography A Level is a highly creative course offering a hands-on practical experience every lesson. The course is 100% coursework, developing your skills in camera techniques, composition, both still and moving digital image, studio and location lighting and postproduction image manipulation. You will develop a contextual understanding of creative processes within the creative industry to inspire and influence your own personal investigations. Photography A Level develops a wide range of artistic skills, analytical and critical thinking and problem-solving skills which will be useful at university and future careers. By the end of the course, you will have produced a professional portfolio of photographs, presentations and written analysis.
Often students will follow up the Photography ‘A’ Level with a Foundation course in Art and Design or go for direct entry to University.
Photography will assist students in applying to Arts and Media courses.
Photography can lead to a number of career areas:
- Fashion or advertising photography
- Sports photography
- Fine art photography
- Forensic/medical photography
- Film and television
- Graphic design
- Photographic processing and printing
- Web Design
Outline of Course
Exam Board: Eduqas
Personal Investigation: 60%
Consists of two parts:
- Practical project based on themes and subject matter of personal significance.
- An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.
Externally Set Assignment: 40%
Externally Set Assignment Structure: Preparatory period commencing on or from 1 February (of Year 13). Students select one starting point from a series of visual or written stimuli to inspire and inform their own work. The preparatory period concludes with 15 hours of supervised time where students produce a final outcome/s.
Link to specification:
A Level Art and Design | Eduqas
A level specification template (eduqas.co.uk)
x12 50 minute lessons a fortnight.
Students complete a range of workshops and projects, learning how to use a digital SLR camera and editing skills. This will develop their photography and postproduction in preparation for their personal investigation, externally set assignment and build their portfolio for progression onto higher education study.