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Why study Photography?

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
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 1000-2000 word essay. (60%).

Year 13 Components
Component 1 cont: Personal Investigation and independent portfolio, accompanied with a 1000-3000 word essay. (60%)
Component 2: Externally set examination assignment.  15 hours (40%)

As a part of the course Photography examinations are followed by the annual Art, Photography and Fashion Exhibition that the students organise for parents and the public to view their work. Visits to art galleries and museums is an integral part of the course.  The students regularly visit galleries in London, which enhances their knowledge of art-world helping them to develop their own creativity and style. There is also an annual trip to a European City in February (Paris 2014, Amsterdam 2015) which provides extra opportunities for exhibitions, drawing and photographic inspiration in preparation for their Externally  Set Assignment.

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: Art and Design: Photography

Examination Board: AQA

More information: Miss V Parker