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Photography (Digital): A Level

Year One

Course outline
Component 1 - Coursework
This component will give you a practical introduction to a range of digital photography and associated processes. You will be expected to relate your work to the work of other photographers, designers or artists and you will also need to be able to explain those relationships. You will be encouraged to be experimental with materials and techniques; to go on to explore your own ideas as much as possible and to complete your finished work to an appropriate standard.


Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment
This component is approached in exactly the same manner as outlined for Component 1. You will be given a wide choice of starting points by the examination board at the start of the course. Most of the work will be produced in normal lessons, but will be finished in a series of timed sessions.


Teaching styles
For each component you will be given a brief that you will use as a starting point. The brief is structured to guide you through the assessment objectives. For each component students are expected to keep a regular journal that contains and records the work they have done, their thinking and their planning. This means that you will be encouraged to make your own decisions about the progress of your work.
Students are encouraged to help one another and work together on practical aspects of their work.
Emphasis is placed on one to one teaching.
You and your teacher will discuss your work regularly using your journal as a basis. As well as this informal assistance, your project work will be marked at intervals and at its conclusion using the exam board’s criteria. You will be given written criticism to help you to understand the criteria and to encourage you to improve your work.


Key features
The course and the teaching is structured to encourage you to succeed:
• Project briefs show you how to produce work to maximize your marks using our journal based approach.
• Regular interaction with your teacher in lessons supports and encourages you and your work is marked to encourage you to maximize your marks.
• The aim of the course is to help you to bring out your ideas and your thinking – we hope that every students work is individual to them.
• We encourage an experimental and creative approach.


Subject combinations
If you are determined to follow a career in the creative arts you can combine this subject with up to 3 additional subjects in Visual & Performing Arts such as Art, Graphics, Film Studies, Performance, or Media Studies.
It is equally relevant to combine it with subjects such as Literature, ICT, Maths, and Sciences.

 

Progression
Digital Photography is being used in a wide variety of occupations. It is being used to record and convey information in many situations, finding it’s place in written reports and visual presentations. It is becoming a valuable management tool.
You will find the skills you establish in this subject very useful in many careers. The ability to manage a project from start to finish; the ability to collect and organize information, the ability to generate ideas, the ability to evaluate your own progress and to plan ahead – these are all valuable life skills. You will be able to progress onto higher education courses or employment.

 

Resources and facilities
Although you may wish to use your own camera it is not necessary to do so. We have a good stock of cameras so that every student can borrow a camera in every lesson. Every student has the use of a computer for every lesson. We have studio facilities and equipment for you to use, although many students also find their subjects out of college.


Provisional entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C or 4 - 9, or equivalent, including English Language.


Year Two
Course outline
Component 1 - Personal Investigation (60%)
This component will give you the opportunity to develop a more personal approach to photography, whilst relating what you do more closely to the work of other photographers. You will need to be able to experiment with combinations of techniques and processes and explore the visual possibilities and relationships within your work.


Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment 40%
This component is approached in exactly the same manner as outlined for Component 1. You will be given a wide choice of starting points by the examination board at the start of the course. Most of the work will be produced in normal lessons, but will be finished in a series of timed sessions.

 

  

Summary

Level 3 course

Two years

Progression – Higher Education and employment

Exam board – Edexcel

4 periods a week