Photography

Vocational qualification

In Leicester

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Description

  • Typology

    Vocational qualification

  • Location

    Leicester

Description

The subject is available to anyone with an interest in photography. It is not necessary to have any prior experience, however it should be chosen as a part of a programme of AS/A level study.

Facilities

Location

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Leicester (Leicestershire)
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Gateway Sixth Form College, Colin Grundy Drive, Hamilton, LE5 1GA

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To take into account

As part of an advanced level programme, a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent) and a minimum of Maths or English at grade D. Grade C in English and/or Maths are desirable but not essential.

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Course programme


Photography AS and A2
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
As part of an advanced level programme, a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent) and a minimum of Maths or English at grade D. Grade C in English and/or Maths are desirable but not essential.

LENGTH OF COURSE
AS Level is one year, followed by a second year for those progressing to A2 Level

WHERE NEXT?
Art Foundation course, H.N.D. Art & Design or Photography. Degree courses in film and television, or careers in professional photography. The A2 course can only be undertaken after completion of the AS Photography course.

INTRODUCTION
The subject is available to anyone with an interest in photography. It is not necessary to have any prior experience, however it should be chosen as a part of a programme of AS/A level study.

COURSE AIMS
Treated as an art subject, photography places its emphasis on creative interpretation and student skills in image analysis. There is sufficient technical information to ensure a confident control and understanding of the medium.

AS CONTENT
There are 3 units:
1. Practical Projects - The outcome of this must be two pieces of coursework.
2. Personal Investigation - This is study into the ideas, techniques and processes of a photographer. This is in the form of an essay / research project.
3. Practical Exam - The third unit is a practical exam.

AS ASSESSMENT
Unit 1 Worth 30% (practical coursework)
Unit 2 Worth 30% (personal investigation)
Unit 3 Worth 40% (practical exam)

A2 CONTENT
The content is similar to the AS course, but taken to a more in depth level

UNIT 1 - Specialist Practical Project.
UNIT 2 - Personal Study (extended essay).
UNIT 3 - Practical exam.

ASSESSMENT FOR A-LEVEL
Unit 1 First year 15%
Unit 2 First year 15%
Unit 3 First year 20%

Unit 1 Second year 15%
Unit 2 Second year 15%
Unit 3 Second year 20%

The college has a large photographic studio supported by a darkroom. Students can explore studio lighting and fashion portraiture, still life and experimental imagery. There is also opportunity to use close-up equipment and medium format cameras. Projects will also encourage students to approach documentary reportage, landscape and figurative work. The college has a number of SLR cameras, however students will find it an advantage to have their own.

HOW WILL I STUDY?
Tuition is given through practical demonstrations and individual help and advice, lectures, slide shows, videos and gallery visits. There is emphasis on group discussion, in which various aspects of the subject are covered, as well as areas with a controversial theme. The course is taught through practical assignments, progressing onto a more student led second year.

Photography

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