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- Vocational qualification
The AS is split into 2 Units. Units 1 & 2 are project based coursework assignments. Unit 1 is a coursework portfolio, work set by the photography department. Unit 2 is an externally set assignment. Students select one of five starting points. During this unit, students work unaided for 5 hours on developmental ideas. A2 is also split into 2 units, (Units 3 & 4) with the student having.
Requirements: AS Photography:
On the AS/A2 Photography course you will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic techniques. Photography is defined as embracing images created by digital as well as chemical means, and by a combination of the two.
The approach to the AS/A2 photography on this course is both creative and technical. You will begin by gaining a thorough understanding of black and white darkroom processes, digital photographic techniques and explore combining these with Adobe Photoshop.
Previous experience of basic 35mm Single Lens Reflex cameras is useful, but not essential as you will be taught this as part of the course. The college will provide cameras, SLR and digital, but it is useful to have your own camera. There is a camera loans system run through the LRC.
Students are encouraged to experiment and develop individual approaches to imagery and processes, exploring different approaches to gathering imagery, image creation and manipulation as well as presentation methods.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities that the Art & Design department offers to develop creative working methods.
Underpinning the work are sketchbooks/ workbooks/journals that show research and comment in connection with the work.
You will explore a variety of thematic starting points in your coursework assignments such as:
portraiture, documentary and/or photo-journalism, landscape photography (working from both urban and rural landscape), working from objects, still life, the natural world and experimental imagery.
The AS is split into 2 Units.
Units 1 & 2 are project based coursework assignments. Unit 1 is a coursework portfolio, work set by the photography department. Unit 2 is an externally set assignment. Students select one of five starting points. During this unit, students work unaided for 5 hours on developmental ideas.
A2 is also split into 2 units, (Units 3 & 4) with the student having more independence in choosing starting points, and personal investigation, building on skills learned during the AS programme.
Unit 4 is the controlled test which is issued by AQA. Students select one of eight starting points, during this unit, students work unaided for 15 hours on developmental ideas.
AS Levels take one year to complete, and A2 Levels take a further year. Progression from Year One to Year Two is dependent on passing the AS exam.
- 4 GCSE's
- Portfolio of work
- Enthusiasm for the subject
- AS Photography
The AS course and the A2 course are each one year courses. Attendance for each course is five hours per week. Students will be expected to work in their own time in addition to timetabled sessions in order to successfully complete the course.
Coursework is assessed both internally and externally.
Many students from the A Level course progress onto the Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design, to further develop their photography skills within an art and design context and prepare a portfolio for applications to Higher Education. Students are normally guaranteed an interview for the Foundation Studies course at this College.
Students can also progress directly onto Higher Education courses, or enter employment.
Art, design and the media encompass a wide range of specialist disciplines which offer exciting and creative career opportunities. GCE A Levels will provide you with an excellent preparation for further specialisation in a particular area at degree level. After your studies, besides working as a practising photographer, artist or designer, you may also find other opportunities in such areas as advertising, illustration, marketing, retailing, teaching, art therapy, journalism and public relations.
We ask you to pay £20.00 to go towards the cost of materials at the start of the course.