Exam Board: AQA
Specification Number: 7206
This Photography course includes working with digital cameras to learn about a range of photographic techniques and genres such as studio photography, still life, documentary and editorial photography. Students are able to specialise in the areas in which they are particularly interested through individual project work. Guidance is given in the use of materials and working methods, development of visual ideas and contextual studies.
At the start of the course, most lessons are directed towards broadening experience and the practice of basic methods and materials. Gradually during the course the emphasis changes towards self-directed projects where a more individual response can be achieved within the chosen project brief. Students are provided with a handbook which contains more guidance with specific targets and dates and room for tutorial notes.
Expectations of Students:
Students are expected to take part in personal and group visits to galleries and exhibitions in order to experience art work at first hand. Students must commit to five hours of art preparation per week. Students will have access to the school Apple Mac's, and photographic studio, but they must have their own digital SLR camera.
Most Photography courses require a portfolio for entrance from which they can judge the students ability, commitment and potential for themselves. Completion of the A level course will help the students to develop a portfolio of the required standard. Many students will also go onto do a one year art foundation course prior to degree level application, although direct entry level to degree courses from school is not impossible for the most able and committed.
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