Photography A-Level

Why study photography?

Photography – lens and light – based media (digital imagery specialism)

As a photography student you will develop your artistic response to the visual art world using photographic means. You will develop your creativity and innovation and will form your own original outcomes in response to set themes and known photographers work.

Where will this lead?

Photography is a creative subject that will help any student who is looking into pursuing a creative course at university, such as fine art, photography, graphic design, or a career in the arts.

How will I be assessed?

60% of your assessment will be through your coursework portfolio and 40% will be assessed through a practical exam at the end of the second year.

What will I be learning about?

You will learn a range of photographic skills, techniques and genres, developing knowledge and understanding of how the camera works, rules of composition, lighting and how photographers can convey mood and meaning through their images. You will learn how to use a digital SLR camera and a range of skills in digital manipulation in Photoshop. Analysis of photographs, artists’ work and of your own progression is also an important part of the course.

What are the entry requirements?

Eight grade 9-4 at GCSE level including minimum level 5 in English. You will need to be passionate and creative about the subject and recording your understanding in a journal.