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Photography GCE - AS/A2 Level

Course aims

This is a skills-based course involving the various camera controls and photographic techniques.  You will study the theory, practice and history of the photographic medium, and become involved in location and studio photography including portraits and landscapes. Monochrome and digital imaging will form the basis of the course.

Specific entry requirements

(To be read in conjunction with the General Entry Requirements.)

One of your GCSEs must be a grade B or higher in any Art and Design subject.

To study GCE A Level you must have achieved a grade D at AS Level.

Course content

GCE AS Level
Unit1

Camera techniques; depth of field, shutter control techniques, Contra Jour     approaches.
Technical science and theory.
Photography as an art form.
Early processes and equipment.
Various styles of photography including European and non-European examples.
Monochrome and digital image making.
Darkroom processing and printing.
Digital image and using Photoshop.

Unit 2
Externally set practical exam. The awarding body offer a series of practical questions from which the candidate chooses one to answer.

GCE A2 Level
Unit 3

Advanced history and appreciation of photography.
The impact of photography on society.
Interpretation and analysis of the photograph.
Understanding the use of appropriate terminology.
Advanced digital image using Adobe Photoshop.
Exhibition printing.
All candidates have the opportunity to become involved
in the end of year Arts Festival

GCE A2 Level
Unit 4 - Externally set practical exam.
The awarding body offer a series of practical questions from which the candidate chooses one to answer.

 

Course assessment

You will be assessed by a mix of practical and written coursework and assignments.  A practical examination is issued in March.
There is one coursework module and one practical exam each year.

Materials

M.J. Langford, Basic Photography. Michael Frizot, A New History of Photography.
A small amount of stationery will be required, i.e. Portfolio case and
mounting card, writing materials, memory stick and CDs.  You will be responsible for supplying your own film and printing paper.  Dudley Sixth will supply chemicals and associated processing equipment.

Progress

Higher education, employment, franchise, self-employed.

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