Art & Design (Photography) GCE A Level
- September 2020, Full Time
We tailor the course to maximise your individual interests and develop your own creative identity with a strong sense of cultural awareness.
The two units that are covered during this course are personal investigation: exploring a self-initiated photographic theme and an externally set assignment which encourages you to choose from eight themes and produce a final piece during a fifteen hour practical exam. In both units, you will be asked to produce experimental coursework and research prior to a final piece. Throughout the course you will learn a wide range of practical, expressive and theoretical skills to build creative confidence.
These skills include:
Understanding camera features in film and digital formats from 35mm, medium and large format.
Understanding light and exposure and applying camera techniques to suit portrait, landscape and still life subjects.
Using photographic accessories such a studio and off-camera flash, lens filters, time lapse etc.
Manipulation and refinement of imagery through digital software (Adobe Photoshop) and darkroom practice, processing and enlarging black & white film negatives.
Understanding how to combine technique and subject matter into photographic themes to express a personal vision.
Applying skills and ideas to contexts such as documentary, fine art, commercial, editorial and natural history photography.
Exploring elements of the history and contemporary practice of photography to gain inspiration.
Understanding and applying analytical skills in writing about and discussing photographer’s work.
Photography gives you a brilliant creative outlet where you might not have conventional artistic skills such as drawing and painting.
Why Our College?
Gain unique insight from guest speakers
To provide you with unique insight and knowledge of the subject you're studying, we arrange a variety of expert visitor talks.
Exhibit your work
You'll have the opportunity to exhibit your work at our Paston end of year art show, where work across all art and design subjects are exhibited in the Griffon Studio.
National and International Trips and Visits
We organise local, national, and international drips that will give you the opportunity to capture fascinating locations and cultural diversity
3 A Level Programme
Minimum of 2 6/B grades and 3 4/C grades at GCSE. Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry to an A Level programme.
You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved a minimum of grade 4/C in these subjects.
4 A Level / A+ Programme
This programme is only available to students who achieve a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 8/A* plus 5 at grade 7/A and a minimum of grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
You will be assessed formally through assessment criteria from the exam board and informally through one to one appraisals of ongoing coursework. You will also be assessed through a variety of coursework and will be asked to complete preparatory studies to complete a finished piece of work completed under exam conditions.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.
A date for your diary.
Congratulations to Leah-Rose Crabb, BTEC Art and Design for having her image chosen for the poster.
BTEC Year 1 student preparing the ground before starting her finished piece.
In BTEC Art year 1 we are layering up our images, deliberately damaging our drawings, cutting into our drawings with rubbers to reveal an unexpected mark and generally having fun.
Beautiful drawings transferred onto screen-print. Busy times in the BTEC class as we move towards the end of term.
BTEC Art student Lauren came to college at 9 this morning. She worked alongside our specialist textiles technician. This is what she made by lunchtime. The BTEC course allows you to experience a wide variety of art. By year 2 you have the time to really focus and concentrate on what you want do. In Lauren's case, make dresses.
At Paston we are constantly trying to come up with new ideas for making images. Ellie has created these spore prints by picking mushrooms from the roadside. She has scanned these images and has started to edit them on Photoshop.