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Art & Design – Photography

Art & Design – Photography

Art & Design – Photography


Photography A Level aims to develop students' practical, creative and communication skills through the use of photography as a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches that go beyond mere observation and recording. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce exciting work using their own initiative.

Year 1

Visual language: the creative elements of photography and art, use of the camera, lenses and film, use of light, darkroom techniques, manipulation of images, contextual references though research into the work of others, analysis and critical evaluation.

Year 2

Aims to build upon the experience of the first year in greater depth, with students identifying and developing a personal specialism.


Please see page 26 for general entry requirements.

In addition, to study this subject you will need a grade B or above in an art-related subject at GCSE. Entry is subject to a successful interview and it is useful to bring a portfolio of work with you to the interview.


Coursework 60%. Practical assignments accompanied by relevant preliminary/supporting studies. Contextual study, a personal research study on a relevant topic (photographer/movement/ technique) of the student’s choice.

Externally set assignments 40%. The student selects a question from the examination paper as the basis for a major piece of work.


A Level Photography provides an ideal springboard for students who intend to study Photography at degree level.

It also provides skills that are key to those who intend to pursue media, journalism and many other related career paths.

Students who would like to study Art and Design at Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree level before continuing on to degrees will find it invaluable.


During the course we will make visits to galleries and exhibitions. The course will be concluded with an exhibition of the work you have produced.