This course will suit those students who enjoy exploring the visual world around them and wish to develop their understanding of ‘lens based’ work.

A previous GCSE in Photography is not required, although evidence of visual and creative skills will be helpful in the form of a portfolio. In the first year of the course, students will be taught how to use the camera to produce high quality and creative images. They will also be directed in how to create a work flow and manage their work effectively and independently. As they are introduced to a range of photographers, they will also develop their own portfolio of work in response to given themes and stimuli.

In the second year of the course, students will then be expected to produce their own practical Personal Investigation and a practical exam at the end of the year

This course will help to develop…

Photography is a practical course in which students will develop their understanding of the role and function of photography, how to use the camera and its controls and how to make the most of light, space and composition. They will also show an understanding of digital manipulation and professional presentation of results.

What can pupils study next?

The creative and visual arts industry is one of the largest employers in the country. This course prepares those students who wish to progress to art college or engage in careers involving digital arts such as advertising; illustration; design; animation; film and working with new technologies.

The majority of students will progress on to the one-year Foundation Diploma before moving onto a specialist Degree course in their chosen specialism. Some individuals will succeed in gaining direct entry onto their chosen degree course.

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