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 trips 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.
The last post for a while. This post is really for prospective students in Years 9, 10 and 11 who have found their way onto these pages wondering whether an art based course is for them. I would hope that after you have heard Esme's story and the stories from other past students on here and @pastoncollegedesign you can look forward with confidence and excitement about what a creative course can offer you. Esme is taking a gap year before heading off to Brighton. Being part of a buzzing, creative environment with other like minded people sounds like a great way of spending a few years. It could also lead to a range of exciting careers. Here is Esme's video and link to a zine she co-created with a friend. @murmur_zine
Enjoy the summer hols and hopefully see you in September.
Good luck to all our Year 13 students on result's day.
Absolutely delighted to let you know that
has just been announced as the UEA Stars of the East BTEC Art and Design Learner of the year award. So pleased for you. Enjoy the summer and I hope you thrive on your Product Design degree course at De Montfort University
@beth_adams_illustration studied A-Level Fine Art here at Paston in 2016. She’s since graduated from a BA in Illustration, and is approaching the end of her MA in Design, both at the University of Lincoln. She’s going on to study a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design Teaching at Sheffield Hallam University next year, and hopes to further her freelance commission work in the meantime.
@michaelwilliamlester studied BTEC art and design. He left in 2010 to study Illustration at Westminster University. Since graduating he has worked at advertising agency @ogilvy in Paris and as a freelance illustrator and animator. He now has his own animation studio @beginners
Michael has been back to Paston to talk to our current students. It is always a pleasure to hear how past students are getting on.
We had a good session in college yesterday discussing plans for Component 1 and getting stuck into drawing. The first 2 are by
The third is by Joel.
Joel has been working hard on his drawing. He felt that maybe he had overworked his drawings. So he gave himself a restricted amount of time to do these 4 drawings. Working with that pressure of time made him really focus and leave out things that were not essential. They look really good. Well done.
It has been great to read what ex Paston students have been up to @pastoncollegedesign
I have got some videos of ex and current students for the Paston College Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 17th June from 4-7. I thought I'd post some on here as well. We teach art based subjects in spacious studios, take you on exciting foreign trips and try to help you produce impressive portfolios. But our best selling points are the brilliant students both past and present.
abi.harold left Paston in 2018 and is producing some amazing work on her Illustration degree course at Bournemouth.
Listen to her story here. Hopefully, this will help you choose an art based subject with confidence, it could lead somewhere exciting.
Year 1 student Amber has been working hard on her portraits. She wanted to produce a full length study but didn't have any large sheets. She got round this by taping A4 sheets and sticking them to a door. It looks great, well done.
Check out Hollie's entry for #murmur_zine.
Looking forward to seeing this when it all comes together.
Great work Hollie.
Here are a few of the images sent through today, sorry if I have not posted yours. It has been very difficult but these posts reflect very well on you, they prove that there are some cracking artists out there, doing great things and trying their best under testing conditions. I hope you manage to enjoy half term. Keep safe and I look forward to talking with you after the break. If you are struggling with your art then please get in touch.
Tala has been busy on this panoramic landscape painting and Jess has made these lovely portrait studies. Both year 1 students.
Here is some of the year 1 A Level work coming through.
Well done Anwyn, Jorge, Jess N and Jess F.
Jorge is interested in studying Architecture. Each year a number of our students go on to study a range of dynamic and creative courses at university.
Come and join us on an art based course and we could help you get onto the next step in your creative future.
Some good work coming in. Please post your work by 4 today.
First up is BTEC student Jess. She was given chicken wire and mod roc for a sculpture project based on crows. She decided on a different path and pursued her interest in Textiles instead. Here is what she made just before lockdown. She worked with the photography technician to learn about studio lighting. Well done to Tala and Darcy as well.