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Why study Photography (A level Art and Design)?

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The most exciting aspect of photography is that you will learn about capturing the world as you see it! Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about issues that interest or concern them. Students will embark on a course exploring practical, critical and contextual work through a range of digital, film, darkroom and studio processes. The course encourages the student to work independently and capture their visual ideas.

Entry Requirements

A GCSE in Art and Design or Photography is preferred.

Course Content/Outline

Year 12 Components Year 13 Components

A Level Basic Design: Studio Photography, Film, Digital, Mixed Media, Collage, Contemporary Art Practice, Art History and Criticism.

Component 1: Personal Investigation and independent portfolio, accompanied with a 1500-3000 word essay. (60%).

Component 1 (continued): Personal Investigation and independent portfolio, accompanied with a 1500-3000 word essay. (60%)

Component 2: Externally set examination assignment.  15 hours (40%)


As a part of the course Photography students regularly visit galleries in London, enhancing their knowledge of the art world helping them to develop their own creativity and style and in preparation for Personal Investigation and Externally Set Assignment. Visits to art galleries and museums are an integral part of the course. There are also links with Slade School of Art and Kingston University’s School of Art for portfolio development to assist students interested in Foundation and Bachelor courses and careers in the Arts.

Further Study

There are many possible degree options, these include: Animation, Commercial Photography, Creative and editorial photography, Digital media, fashion Photography, Film and Television, Film and Visual Culture, Forensic Photography, Graphics with Photography, Medical Photography, Visual Communication.

What career opportunities are there?

The career possibilities are very wide and include: Animator, Commercial and Fashion Photographer, Filmmaker, Photojournalist, Magazine Editor, Researcher, Commercial Art Gallery Manager, Gallery/Museum Curator, Gallery Assistant, Arts Educator, Brand Ambassador/Sales Promotion Executives, Multimedia Specialist, Community Arts Worker, Advertising Art Director, Marketing Assistants, Web Editor, Medical and Nature Photographer, Social and Sports Photographer Photographic Studio Technician.

Syllabus: A Level Art and Design: Photography
Examination Board: AQA
More information: Miss F Harris