On the Paston Photography course you will be able to discover where your interest lies within the broad spectrum of photographic styles and techniques. Student work is considered outstanding by Ofsted who said that "Paston students produce creative and often ambitious pieces of work."

Photography is taught in completely refurbished studios, completed in 2015, with access to great resources such as a newly built darkroom, enabling us to keep alive darkroom processes that still have real importance in the work of contemporary photographers.

At the end of the course you get to exhibit your work in the Paston Art Show in a professional gallery setting. This is an opportunity for students and parents to come along and view the exhibition of students' work.

Our Alumni page provides current information on how past Paston students are developing their creativity and will give you an insight into the potential future direction of your studies and career.

“I chose to come to Paston based on the course for photography primarily. I knew before I started at sixth form that I wanted to study photography at university and then continue into a career in the field; therefore choosing the best course for photography was important for me. I made the right decision here, and am now applying to study photography at university in 2016. I love the course here as the teaching is great and the teachers care about their students and subject. The best thing about the course here is the great facilities, especially the dark room, as we get taught a range of vintage processes that very few other colleges teach and some universities don't either. For me, the course has lived up to my expectations.”

Kate Wolstenholme Photography Student:

Photography A Level
On the 26th November a group of photography students visited London to explore the Southbank taking photographs along the Tames and exploring locations such as Borough Market. In the afternoon we visited the Science Museum Media Space to see a survey of the work of one of the important American photographers working today Alec Soth, who blends documentary fine art approaches to his depiction of the American landscape and people. We also saw the powerful and emotive portraits of 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Kate Wolstenholme (Photography Student) who is going on to study Photography at Bournemouth University said:
“It was amazing to be able to see the original prints which Julia Margret Cameron had produced herself, being able to see areas of the image where it had been worn and ripped. For a women to be doing such a pioneering and scientific art form at that time was incredible, so to be surrounded by her work as well as being able to read her letters to Sir John Herschel was an amazing experience. I could have spent hours in the Alec Soth exhibition as his images were such an amazing mix of theoretical ideas, subject matter, technical ability and composition, as well as the large format images being in such breath taking clarity.”

Jasmine Kelly (Photography Student 2015 – 17)

Two years of studying Photography at Paston has crafted my ability not only as a photographer, but as an artist and designer. Access to a dark room allowed us to branch away from digital and experiment with many photographic techniques, e.g. film photography, double exposures, cyanotypes and photograms. This, as well as Dave’s constant encouragement to combine artistic practices, whether this be by bringing in typographical elements or influences from fine art, gave the class a confidence to create unique and stylized work; this individuality can be seen at the end of year Paston art exhibitions. Trips throughout the year to visit galleries and new cities gave us constant inspiration and a strong background knowledge of the history of the subject.

In September 2017 I will be starting an Art and Design Foundation Course at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Photography A Level opened up a whole new world of artistic possibilities for me; I am excited to continue using photography as a means of expression, as I develop my artistic style and find my specialism.

Orford Ness, Suffolk Spring 2017