Photography

AS & A-level
What are the main features of this course?

The AS is a one year course leading to an AS level in Art & Design: Photography. The course provides opportunities to develop intellectual, imaginative and creative skills while helping students to understand the practices and use of photography in the past and in contemporary society.

The course as a whole will provide a broad and balanced study of the development of photography and its significance as a means of expression and communication.

The College’s darkroom and studio offer all students the opportunity to respond to a range of themes in an individual manner. The College provides 35mm and digital cameras, a fully equipped darkroom and a studio with tungsten and electronic flash systems. Digital darkroom facilities are also available offering Adobe Photoshop and other graphics software along with flatbed scanners and printers.

How is the course assessed?

The course is modular with two units examined in both the AS-level and the full A-level, worth 50% for the portfolio unit and 50% for the controlled test set by the examination board. Coursework is an integral part of the final assessment; this is marked internally then externally moderated.

Where can I go next?

Progression to A level will support the development of a portfolio for entry onto
Foundation Studies in Art and Design or degree level study at university. This subject can be combined with the other AS and A levels in the department, or combined with other academic qualifications to gain entry into university.