PHOTOGRAPHY AS (A Level enrichment course)

“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams

Photography is a wonderfully exciting course, which enables those interested in Art and Design to pursue another creative course. It can be seen as an extension to other art based courses or it may be the only creative subject which a student chooses to study at AS Level.

A student does not have to be a fine artist in order to study Photography. The course will support each student through their creativity and afford them the experience of both darkroom work and digital media. Candidates will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques, and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Students will also explore relevant images, artefacts, and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This is integral to the investigating and making process, and responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities. Skill development, and the importance of process as well as product, is a key aspect of the course, and students use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Key areas of study include:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • Still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
  • Documentary photography and photo journalism
  • Experimental imagery
  • Photographic installation, video, television and film

Taught by the extremely experienced members of our spectacular Art Department, this course allows students to express their creativity in an applied, focused way whilst exploring a wide range of styles, genres and traditions and developing key skills and techniques.

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