What will I study? The course is delivered as digital lens based photography. The focus of the course is creative photography using manipulations techniques. The student will develop a creative art based project; one of the main course requirements is creative development. Students must go beyond mere observation and recording; they must analyse and critically evaluate the photographic images of their own and other artists’ work. Students have access to a designated onsite Sixth Form Photography Dark Room.
Year 12 and 13 Skills based workshops : students will be taught digital and traditional techniques in skill based workshops, helping to build their confidence within the subject. Students will select a personal portfolio theme for their personal coursework unit. This allow students to have the opportunity to generate ideas and research from primary and contextual sources, record their findings, experiment with media and processes and develop and refine their ideas towards producing a series of outcomes.This personal portfolio coursework unit incorporates two linked elements, practical work and a personal study.
What do I need to study the course? GCSE Grade 6 or above in Art & Design, Art Textiles or Photography or Merit in GCSE Applied Art & Design Also, GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language. A photography portfolio has to be completed to a satisfactory standard. You will be given a topic and guidelines for the project in the summer before enrolment.
How will I be assessed? All work is internally assessed and externally moderated. Students will be set a question or theme by AQA. They have an extended preparatory period in which to develop their ideas before a 15 hour examination.
Where will A Level Photography lead me? Students who have studied Photography at Holy Cross Sixth Form have gone on to degrees in TV and Film Production, Multi-media Journalism and Film-making. Employment can be by newspapers, industrial or architectural companies or by businesses compiling professional portfolios for models or actors. At least 50% of photographers are self-employed. As competition in professional photography is intense and careers insecure, many photographers use their skills in industries such as advertising, photographic archiving, film and TV (for example direction, production, editing, computer graphics, set design/dressing and lighting).