Course Details

This popular course is designed for hard-working, highly motivated individuals who wish to develop their photographic, observational and analytical skills and increase their knowledge of this contemporary subject. In addition to photography, darkroom work and digital image manipulation, considerable time is spent planning, analysing, evaluating and writing work up in your sketchbooks. You are encouraged to respond to set themes in a creative and individual manner.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 9/A* - 4/C including an art based subject, English and Maths. At Interview you are required to bring a portfolio / sketchbook of art work with you. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project prior to enrolment.

Career options

Photography is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the creative art - Photography, Media, Journalism, Film, Marketing or Advertising as a Press Photographer, Medical Illustrator or a Magazine Features Editor. Ideal A-level for progression to higher education in the creative arts.

A Level Photography

Five highlights

  • 1 Photography is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the creative art
  • 2 Photography is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the creative art
  • 3 Lecturers with many years experience in the photographic industries.
  • 4 Ideal course for hard working students, but also a lot of fun!!
  • 5 Friendly and caring environment in which to study.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • Edexcel A level in Photography

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Course code Location Course length Start date
ART193CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

The course starts with lots of 'how to' ... how to understand and use your camera functions and settings, how to analyse an image, how to write-up your sketchbook, how to compose an image, how to develop a film, how to make an enlargement and so on. As the course develops you will work on specific project themes. In these projects you will be encouraged to develop your own creative skills, producing outcomes which are both original and personal to you. During the latter part of the course you will spend 10 weeks working on a theme set by the exam board (Edexcel) to produce an artistic personal response to the theme. You will record all your work: research, thoughts, ideas, plans, contact sheets, enlargements and evaluations in an A4 size art sketchbook.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical work and personal research & experimentation. Each week you will have a lesson in the Image Centre where most of the practical skills are taught and a lesson in a computer suite where theory and digital topics are taught. Handouts are often given and lesson resources uploaded onto Chionline. You are required to carry out research and practical assignments in your own time (minimum of 5 hours per week). Your independent study, each wee

How will I be assessed?

This is a 2 year linear A-level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. This includes a personal investigation, practical work and a personal study of about 3000 words. All year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway, which may include external exams, that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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