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At AS level, this course will enable you to develop not only practical photographic skills and abilities but also study the history of photography alongside art and design and its various contexts. Therefore in addition to making photographic artefacts, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own work and on the work of others. Students will develop skills in all areas of photography; using both digital and silver-based cameras, colour and black and white photography, processing black and white film in the darkroom and exploring digital photography on industry Apple Macs using software such as Photoshop.

This course is practical, supported by study of Art and Art History. Your work will be supported by research, using traditional resources including the library, the web and current periodicals as well as study visits to local, national and international galleries and museums. You will have access to specialist studio space and equipment and have the opportunity to work alongside professional photographers in their workplace.

The A2 year of study comprises of two units in the varied disciplines of photography exploring lens and light based media. This course builds on techniques, skills and concepts through practical and research methods. In this second year, you will be able to pursue your own personal strengths and interests. The course is assessed through practical outcomes and evaluation and culminates in a graduation exhibition.

In addition, as part of the unique studio school’s project-based learning framework, you will be expected to complete various collaborative projects throughout the year, leading to exhibition and business opportunities.


Specific requirements

In addition to the A level pathway requirement of 5 GCSEs, preferably including English and Maths, you will need a GCSE grade A*-B in Art or Photography. You will also need to show a portfolio of work demonstrating your creative ability

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