This course is largely practical and focuses on visual
communication skills as well as encouraging students to develop creative,
innovative methods of expressing their personal ideas. Students will carry out
projects, in-depth research and critical analysis of the work of other
photographers, designers and artists, and will also use black and white
photographic dark room techniques and experiment with digital
Students will learn the practical skills involved in
processing and printing black and white film. The majority of images will be
produced using a 35mm camera. A key component of the course will be the
use of digital photography and processing. Students will use Apple
Macintosh digital imaging studio, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
software, to produce work which has a relevance to current design
practice. The College studios are equipped with an impressive suite of
computers, scanners and an A3 colour laser printer, with a large darkroom
equipped with 16 enlargers.
The course will include:
- Shooting a film using the lighting kit
- Processing a film and working in the darkroom
- Researching photographers and techniques through books,
the internet and gallery visits
- Watching and participating in demonstrations and
professional practice talks
- Giving a presentation of your own work
- Digitally manipulating images on the computer
- Visually documenting and writing up the results of an
experiment in a workbook Gathering and discussing ideas in a
Students following this course will need to own a 35mm SLR
camera. A basic manual camera, obtained second hand will be perfectly
adequate. An advice sheet about camera types will be available at
enrolment. The College provides all chemicals for processing and printing,
together with film and photographic paper for an introductory project.
Students will need to purchase film and paper for the coursework projects
(approx. cost £20 per year).
Course Specific Trips & Visits &
The College runs a number of educational experiences each
year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences
include trips to galleries, outdoor photoshoots and talks by visiting speakers,
including a variety of local designers and artists.
Career Opportunities & Further Study
After studying Photography at A Level, students can
either take a one-year art foundation course at an Art College, progress
directly to a degree in Photography, or move into employment (as a
Photographer’s Assistant for example).
Component 1: Personal Investigation 60% including an
Component 2: Externally set assignment 40% including a 15
hour practical exam
Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need
to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at
Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted
on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.
In addition, students should meet the following minimum
- Grade 4 in Art or relevant Design Technology GCSE and
Grade 5 if taking 2 Art courses
- If students only have a Merit for their BTEC Level 2,
then a portfolio of work is also required. Students will need their own 35 mm
film SLR camera or a Digital SLR (DSLR) camera.