The Howard School | Sixth Form Prospectus

Photography A-Level Photography

Subject Photography

Exam Board AQA

Specification Numbers

7206(c) 7206(x)

Teachers Responsible

S Williams, L Bassant

Introduction Photography is the art of capturing light with a camera, usually via a digital sensor or film, to create an image.

There are two components to the course: a practical ‘Personal Investigation’ (in the form of a Google Slides presentation) into your chosen specific area of Photography with an accompanying essay (60% of your final grade), and a final exam, with an ‘early release’ question paper giving you time to fully prepare, at the end of the course (40% of your final grade). The Photography course is a creative IT-based course, using industry standard software, and is an essential component to the modern, multi-media world we live in. This course will equip you with a skills base and portfolio of practical projects that will support employability within the photographic industry, journalism, advertising, fashion, graphic design, etc. It will give you the potential to access Higher Education in these areas of study or provide you with valuable UCAS points for other Higher Education degrees. The Photography course will push your perceptions of photographic imaging, turning ideas into inspired, contemporary and challenging photography.

Aims of the Course

How You Are Assessed

AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions.

Links to Future Careers

There are many and varied careers within the photographic industry, including journalism, advertising, fashion, graphic design, film and TV.

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in Photography, Art & Design or Fine Art GCSE

*Students that have not studied the above courses may still be considered. They will be required to submit a portfolio.

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