‘A’ Level Photography is broken down into four bite size chunks or units. Student Portfolios should show more than one extended collection of work, or project, which demonstrates an ability to sustain work from initial starting points or project briefs to produce a finished piece of work and include evidence of research, the development of ideas and meaningful links with critical/contextual sources. Students should carefully select, organise and present materials which exemplify work carried out during their course of study. No real prior experience of photography is necessary; simply an interest in the subject.
‘A’ Level Photography gives you the opportunity to experiment, explore and develop your own opinions and interests. There is a lot of independent work involved in the course and you will not be able to complete it in the classroom alone. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop your artistic opinions in an exciting and fast media. It is a strong start for further progression to Art and Design foundation courses.
Students learn how to use cameras and photo manipulation software. They learn how to look at photographers’ work and understand what and how the professional’s images are successful. Using these ideas and techniques to influence your work, students develop their own work and interests. Work is documented in a sketch book which helps build a portfolio of work. The portfolio is used to help demonstrate the development of a visual journey.
The creative industries are one of the fastest and most successful sectors in the UK. The careers within photographing are endless. Think about how often you see images - someone has created those images. Think fashion, journalism, travel, weddings, police work, and medical profession. Photography also opens up possibilities within graphic design, games design, website design, fashion, film and television, multi-media and image manipulation.