Art and Design: PhotographyA Level • Level 3
About the course
A Level Photography enables students to learn the “language” of photography, how to “read” and analyse images, including the techniques, processes and skills that are essential to actively photographing. This is a structured course, enabling students to creatively respond to a theme through the research of relevant artists who inspire them. Passion, commitment, imagination, visual, written and verbal communication skills are essential fundamentals to succeed in A Level Photography. This paves way for a clear and concise approach to own intentions and conceptual understanding. The sophisticated ideas are explored in depth throughout this course by using a wide variety of photographic styles, skills and techniques. These include a variety of mixed media and combination of techniques that vary from hand rendered to digitalised explorations. Primary research is essential and you will have the opportunity to visit art and photography galleries as well as museums which are an essential stimulating part of this course. This enables students to show in depth cultural awareness and make relevant connections in the development of their own ideas within their project. The students have access to the photography studio, darkroom and the classroom throughout the week. During the time on this course students will be introduced to experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes including traditional and new technologies.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
05/09/2022, 05/09/2022, 05/09/2022
At least six GCSEs at grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects, including both English and Mathematics. Additional entry requirements for this course are: A minimum of grade 5 in GCSE Art and Design and/ or Photography. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider students without the sufficient GCSEs who have a strong portfolio of photography and contextual work demonstrating genuine interest and capability in the area.
You will be assessed against the course requirements as dictated by OCR specifications. This is by continual assessment with the summary assessment on the successful completion of the two year study programme, completing the personal investigations and exam requirements. You are assessed on the complexity and depth of your understanding of materials, techniques and processes as well as your own innovative conceptions as presented in both your final piece and sketchbook explorations.
Careers & Progression
A Level Photography can form part of your route into university or into an arts-based industry. By the end of the course you should feel confident in managing your future development as a photographer. You should also feel competent enough to undertake freelance photographic assignments and promote your work and services online. Past students have progressed to working in a range of visual arts areas such as photography, graphic design, fashion, web design and TV/film.
Extra curricular activities
There are plenty of activities and visits to take part in that will help you achieve your ambitions. Past visits have included: • Art galleries visits to London, Liverpool, Manchester, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Harrogate Knit and Stitch, Platform Gallery Clitheroe and visiting local Historical sites gain an insight into how the skills developed during the course can apply to a working environment. There is also an opportunity to go on residential trips which have been in various locations such as Paris and London. You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.