Art & Design: Photography

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

The Art & Design course in Photography is designed to develop your technical skills in digital photography and photo editing as well as an aesthetic awareness and appreciation of compositional strategies used in the specialism. There will be opportunities to: record ideas and observations, develop work informed by photographers, artists and designers, experiment with media and materials, and review and refine your work.

The course allows for the development of new skills and techniques within various specialisms in the subject area such as graphic communication, printmaking, and mixed media. An appreciation of the importance of context is necessary for this course. The ability to make explicit the relationship between your own ideas and those of others is also essential, as are analytical skills and the understanding of visual language, codes and conventions. There is an emphasis on self-directed learning and growing independence as the course develops over the two years.

Interesting fact about studying this at S6C

You will be offered a range of opportunities in Photography such as:
• Live briefs set by the college and the wider community
• Work experience as college photographers for social, news and
promotional events
• Teaching to feeder secondary schools
• Guest speakers from the creative industry

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need to meet the overall entry requirements on page 7 for Pathway 1 or 2 including a grade 5 or above in GCSE Art & Design or an equivalent qualification. We will ask you to bring a portfolio of your work to your interview. Consideration will be given to those who have not studied an Art or Design course at school or have achieved a grade 4, in this case a portfolio of work must be provided at interview.

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Photography Course Handout