Coleg Sir Gâr Carmarthenshire College

GCE A Level Photography

Coleg Sir Gâr Carmarthenshire College
In Carmarthen

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Typology A Level
Location Carmarthen (Wales)
Duration 1 Year
Start Different dates available
  • A Level
  • Carmarthen (Wales)
  • Duration:
    1 Year
  • Start:
    Different dates available

Programme Description:
This is a two year programme which focuses on developing a broad understanding of photography. The programme aims for every learner to develop their own unique voices using visual imagery, applying technical and contextual understanding confidently to realise their intentions. Learners are encouraged to explore individual interests and ideas over a range of genres through the development of sketchbooks to record their progress. Programme content includes how to use your camera on manual settings, digital manipulation, studio photography, analogue photography and experimental photography using historic printing techniques. Throughout the programme learners will visit galleries, exhibitions and workshops for example gaining practical experience in a darkroom. External opportunities and competitions are provided for all learners to push themselves outside their comfort zones and develop extra-curricular experiences. AS Photography consists of a coursework portfolio and controlled assessment and AL Photography includes a self-initiated portfolio module and an externally set controlled assessment.

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Carmarthen (Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin)
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Jobs Well Road,, SA31 3HY


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· Who is it intended for?

Progression and Employment: The programme provides an excellent basis for progression to higher education. Previous learners have progressed onto a range of creative courses around the UK The College offers BA (Hons) Degree pathways in Photography with bursaries for those that progress from this programme Possible careers in photography include; Photojournalist, Photo-artist, Photo-editor, freelance photographer, commercial, fashion, forensic and medical photography, curator and working in the voluntary sector Studying photography at A-Level can also lead to careers in TV or film and can provide many transferable skills valuable in other careers such as entrepreneurship, self-initiated study and critical thinking

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Course programme

Programme Features:

  • Analogue and digital methods of image-making are taught as well as experimental processes e.g. Pinhole
  • Industry standard software, predominantly Photoshop and Bridge, is taught throughout the cours
  • Cameras, lighting and other equipment is available for students to borrow
  • Historical and contextual studies are integrated within each student’s personal projects
  • Learners have the opportunity to participate in local and National competitions
  • Regular visits to exhibitions, galleries and workshops are arranged for all learners
  • All second year learners and selected first year learners exhibit their work at an end of year exhibition.

Programme Content:

A wide range of technical and contextual elements are explored throughout the coursework and controlled assessment with the majority of work taking place in practical workshops, discussions and reviews. Students will learn digital, analogue and historical techniques, for example how to set up a studio and creating composite images on Photoshop. In the second year students are encouraged to explore individual areas of interest with practical activities supported by their lecturers. Regular opportunities for students to gain feedback are provided throughout the course through individual and group tutorials.

Additional information

Method of Assessment AS Photography has two units: Coursework Portfolio worth 60%, controlled assessment worth 40% A2 Photography has two units; Personal investigation coursework unit worth 60%, Controlled Assignment worth 40%.

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