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Photography

Qualification - A level

Exam Board - AQA

WHY CHOOSE PHOTOGRAPHY?

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. In A Level Photography you will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Students will use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. They may wish to develop their drawing skills in order to produce storyboards, thumbnail sketches and/ or diagrams, where appropriate. Students on this course may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

 

COURSE INFORMATION

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Overarching knowledge, understanding and skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Photography. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

• the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture

• awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s)

• the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief / answer a need

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED?

COMPONENT 1 - PERSONAL INVESTIGATION

Practical investigation supported by written material.

TOPICS OF STUDY: Portraiture; Landscape Photography (urban, rural and/or coastal environment); Still Life Photography (natural world); Documentary Photography; Photojournalism; Fashion Photography; Experimental Photography; Multimedia; Photographic Installation; Moving Image.

CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL GRADE: 60%

COMPONENT 2 - ASSIGNMENT

 In February of Year 13, students receive an externally set question paper. Students select one question from the paper and set about producing a project in response to the theme. COMPONENT 3 - 15 HOURS Following the preparatory period, students complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time with the first 3 hours being consecutive. Students must produce an outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. This time can be used to edit and manipulate photographs digitally and manually.

CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL GRADE: 40%

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

A minumum of five grades at 4 – 9 at GCSE. In addition a minum of a grade 4 in GCSE Art.