Photography

Visual Arts

PHOTOGRAPHY AS / A2

COURSE CONTENT

Unit One (ART 1) Coursework Portfolio – 60% of AS marks.
The course begins with a ‘Basic Skills’ project, and is then subdivided into two different strands;
Studio and darkroom techniques
Exploring ‘environments’ through photography
Each strand will include introductory tasks, developmental tasks and several final outcomes. Students learn the skills of traditional silver-based and digital photography, gradually becoming more independent in their planning and creativity.
Unit Two (ART 2) Controlled Assignment – 40% of AS marks.
Students have up to 6 weeks to carry out preliminary studies in response to one question (from a choice) set by WJEC. They then have 8 hours to produce ‘developmental work’ and outcomes under exam conditions.
Unit Three (ART 3) Coursework Portfolio – 60% of A2 marks.
A coursework portfolio based on personal themes including both images and a written element of no fewer than 1000 words. Students will, in negotiation with their teachers, devise an individual practical project exploring issues of their choice. They will produce work for both display and for their sketchbooks. These may include any photographic process, and may be combined with other art forms.
Unit Four (ART 4) Controlled Assignment – 40% of A2 marks.
Students will have up to 6 weeks to carry out preliminary studies in response to one question (from a choice) set by WJEC. They will then have 12 hours to produce ‘developmental work’ and outcomes under exam conditions.

EXAMINATION

Both years of the course include one examined unit and one coursework unit. Coursework units are worth 60% of the overall grade. Examined units take place over a three month period, following themes set by the exam board, with 8 hours at AS and 12 hours at A2 allowed to complete a final outcome.
Examination Board – WJEC

WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

Those considering a career in photography, the media or the arts would find this course of benefit. It combines particularly well with media studies or art, but many students have also pursued the course to ‘balance’ a non-arts selection of A-level subjects.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STYLE?

This course is a practical Art and Design course focussing on traditional and digital photography. Students are initially guided through a series of exercises to learn the necessary skills. As the course progresses students become more independent, as they begin to set their own projects and assess their own outcomes – key skills needed to become a professional photographer.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The course develops creativity and observation skills, which would be useful in a range of careers. There are many different routes within photography itself, including scientific and forensic photography, photojournalism, freelance commercial photography, graphic design, and fashion photography.