The A Level Art and Design Photography course offers students a full programme of advanced study to enable students to progress their skills in creativity and practical application of photography. After a short introductory course in Year 12, students will be able to develop their own body of work in order to cater for own interests and specialisms. All work is continually assessed internally to allow for regular feedback and improvement before submission for final assessment at the end of the course.
WHAT ARE WE STUDYING
The AS course comprises of:
An introductory 7-week course, Component 1: Personal Investigation completed October- January (50% of AS) and Component 2: The Externally Set Assignment completed February to May (50% of AS) concluding in a timed practical examination of 10 hours. Work is submitted for final assessment in May/June and is internally assessed by teachers and externally moderated by the examination board.
Both components require students to complete in-depth research into a chosen theme covering all four assessment objectives. The research will comprise of a full sketchbook and photographic portfolio which covers the assessment objectives by containing: own shoots developing ideas, responses to other artists’ work, experiments and investigation into photographic techniques and the development and completion of final piece(s).
WHAT ARE WE STUDYING
If students continue to A Level, the course comprises of:
Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of A level) completed September to January and Component 2: The Externally Set Assignment (40% of A level) completed February to May concluding in a 15-hour timed practical examination. Work is submitted for final assessment in May/June and is internally assessed by teachers and externally moderated by the examination board.
As with AS Level, the A level course requires students to complete in-depth research for each component in the form of sketchbooks and a photographic portfolio. The assessment objectives are the same for both AS and A level with an additional requirement for the personal investigation comprising of 1000 words of continuous prose which relates to students’ practical work.
An Art and Design A Level can lead on to wide ranging careers in: marketing, advertising, journalism, film, TV, fashion etc.