The A Level course will give you the opportunity to learn a range of photographic skills to develop your creative potential and express your thoughts, feelings and ideas through the medium of a photographic image. Students will also learn to use a range of critical and investigative skills to analyse, research and evaluate their own work and how it relates to the work of others. A range of photographic technical skills are developed including lighting, camera skills and digital manipulation.
At the end of the course you will have learnt how to respond to a project in an informed, personal style using all these skills and produce work in the manner of a professional artist, designer or photographer. Excellent facilities include a dedicated teaching room with Adobe Creative Suite, scanners, laser printers and Nikon DSLRs. Studio space and a traditional darkroom are also available to use in and outside lessons.
A minimum of five GCSEs, two at grade 6 and three at grade 4 GCSE English at grade 4 and at least a grade 5 at GCSE in Art or Photography or a Distinction in BTEC Art & Design.
Outstanding students without these subjects, but with a good portfolio of photographic work and a background in subjects such as Graphic Communication and Media Studies, may be considered.
Students have volunteered to work with professional photographers to gain further knowledge and experience.
Past students have also worked for establishments such as the National Trust.
Possible career paths could include: Photographer, Photographer’s Assistant, Picture Editor, Teacher, Photographic Lab Technician, Graphic Designer or Computer Aided Designer.