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.
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.
We have had some good discussions about art this week on Collaborate. We have looked at different ways of approaching drawing, of leaving elements incomplete, an absence. That led to Joy creating a superb drawing of a chair with some parts erased, an absence, creating a sense of intrigue in what is a familiar and unremarkable subject matter. Illuminate the ordinary. It also led to Millie reading this book on the Museum of Lost Art, reflecting on how we place values on cultural objects.
Leo studies film and reflected that the absence of a hero and a consoling ending to the film 'No country for old men' made it a much more powerful and interesting. So when you are thinking about your art projects, you could consider that by leaving something out you may be adding something interesting. This is not for all students but worth thinking about, even if you reject the idea.
See you next week. Keep posting your work. Keep safe and hope you are all well.
Just seen these interesting landscape studies from Tala. There will always be more than one way of approaching your art. Take a starting point and explore different ways of capturing the same image.
Nice work Tala.
Sorry Joy, that last image of yours was cropped clumsily by me.
Try again. I think the way you have used a rubber to create those subtle tonal changes is very good indeed. Is this your entry for #murmur_zine?
Some great work being sent through from Joy, Emily, Tala, Jess, Deborah, Kimberley and Amber. A mixture of Year 12 and 13 and A level and BTEC. It will be a pretty special exhibition when we eventually get a chance to show it.
It was good speaking to a number of you today. Students are holding their sketchbooks to the camera on their phone or laptop. We are all able to offer thoughts and positive comments in order to develop some momentum to your research and get some creative sparks flying.
Thanks a lot to nancym_design for working on these designs for a new profile picture for pastonart.
Nancy is in year 13 BTEC and also working on a textiles project. She plans to take time out next year to travel and to pursue her design skills independently. We wish her well.