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Course Details
Dept - Art
Type of Qualifcation - AS / A2
Exam Board - AQA

Additional Entry Requirements -
Grade 6 at GCSE any of the Art & Design endorsements

Course Content
This AS and Advanced GCE specification requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:
• relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
• ways in which photographs can be developed beyond the pure image using practical hand-on techniques as well as digital forms
• a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology

The Photography course is tailored to encourage, enhance and challenge creativity, enabling students to achieve their potential. Students will be expected to analyze the work of other photographers, develop their ideas in response to them and explore a wide range of Art based and digital manipulation and presentation techniques when developing ideas or creating a final piece.

Taking your own photographs outside of lesson time is fundamental to the course, and therefore access to a digital camera or camera phone (that you can transfer images onto a computer from) is essential. You must also be prepared to print your own photographs, which will incur a cost (this will vary depending on where you print your photographs).
Style of Assessment
60% coursework and 40% exam and exam sketchbook.
Whose kind of course?
The course is suited to students who prefer a practical and creative approach to studying Photography. It will also interest anyone who:
• May wish to pursue a career in Photography
• Would like to continue studying this subject at University.
• Would prefer to be assessed by continuous coursework (60%) alongside a final exam (40%).
• May wish to specialise in certain areas of practical photography
Career Prospects
All aspects of the Art & Design industry including advertising, portraiture or fashion photography, photo journalism, television and film production, camera operations, graphic design and illustration. Related careers such as museums and galleries, publishing, animation, theatre design, art therapist or teacher.