AS/A2 Photography

The course is initially split into Darkroom and Digital photographic techniques and no previous knowledge of either is required. After a period of teacher-led instruction learning the history and basics of camera operation, darkroom developing and Photoshop CS3 manipulation, a themed project is set for which a high level of independent thinking and pro-activity is required.

The students are encouraged to explore their own ideas and interpretations as much as possible whilst appreciating and analysing other cultures and the work of other artists. Keeping an exciting and up-to-date sketchbook is fundamental to the course and a vital record for assessment. Inspiration is taken from trips to galleries (London, Exeter, New York ), location shoots, workshops from visiting artists and the excellent resources facility in the new Popham Centre.

A Coursework Portfolio represents 60% and a 5 hour exam project (15hrs for A2), which has a six week preparation period, 40%. Students must have access to their own SLR digital camera and a 2GB memory stick. 35mm film cameras can be loaned from the department. There is an individual charge for some specialist materials and A2 colour printing. To read the full course guide please click here.

Exam Board:

AQA (link)

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