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Photography is so much more than point and click! It opens up a whole world of creative expression and gives you the opportunity to comment on contemporary issues. This course offers you the opportunity to explore the exciting world of photography by doing practical projects as well as researching the work of existing photographers, in a combination of practical and written work. It's completely digital and will give you the opportunity to be very creative and produce lots of stunning images.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language or English Literature at score of 5 or above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

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Why study?

Photography, as a subject is a creative, practical, artistic and intellectual endeavour.

Learning photography has many benefits – it can help you enormously in your other studies by creating image and text lay-outs and in decoding the meaning within images. The study of photography can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities within media, commercial photography or academia. In this course you will explore a variety of fascinating topics, studio portraiture, documentary, creative image making, etc. Additionally, learners are able to express their own perspectives through their own self-directed projects. During this process you will develop photographic skills, experience in image editing software (Photoshop) and the confidence to analyse visual images.

Where will this course take me?

You may continue your study of photography at university, either as a single subject degree or as part of a wider degree such as Media or Marketing. Several job opportunities exist for graduate students with employment opportunities in advertising, fashion, social documentary, etc. Additionally, the study of photography can lead to roles within the media industry such as (digital retouching and videography).

Core modules

AS level, Year 1, Component 1: Portfolio
Students will create an extensive portfolio based on an exploration of the formal elements and photographic genres. Students will develop their technical skills and their ability to critically photographs. The course will enable learners to produce photographs linked to portraiture, documentary, still-life, experimental imagery, landscape and studio photography.

AS level, Year 1, Component 2: Externally set assignment
Using the expertise gained from component 1: students will create a series of photographic images linked to an exam topic. This unit comprises artist research, planning and the execution of a series of shoots. Component 2 concludes with a supervised 10-hour practical exam.

A level, Year 2, Component 1: Personal investigation
Learners will conduct a practical assignment into an area of photography of personal interest to themselves. This assignment will demonstrate a student's ability to research contemporary or historical artists and develop an expertise in a specific photographic genre. During the module, students will learn more advanced photographic techniques such as studio, colour, documentary photography and Photoshop editing techniques. Students will also prepare a written assignment related to their project.

A level, Year 2, Component 2: Externally set assignment
Students will create a series of photographic images linked to an exam topic. Students will create a series of photographic images linked to an exam topic. This unit comprises artist research, planning and the execution of a series of shoots. Component 2 will conclude with a supervised 15-hour practical exam.

How will I be assessed?

Exams and coursework

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need a memory stick (USB Flash Drive) with a minimum size of 8 GB (Approx. £5.00), An A4 display book (e.g. Staples Black display book) (£13.49).

Pens, A4 Notebook, Scissors, Prit-stick glue, marker pens (Approx. £10.00).

Trips: students are expected to attend two trips into London for either for gallery visits or photographic projects. The estimated cost for both trips is £60.00. The estimated total budget is £89.00. Whilst the college provide cameras to students for practical activities, students may choose to purchase an SLR camera during the course, the course tutor is able to advise on the most suitable camera to purchase following enrolment.

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