Mrs Penny Roberts
What do students study?
Students studying A Level Photography will be introduced to photographic media and techniques such as composition, lighting, colour and B&W images, Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6, and darkroom printing processes. Our darkroom facility offers the opportunity to create photography using the traditional darkroom and chemical techniques, including making pinhole cameras and processing photographs and film.
In addition, students explore relevant images and resources relating to Photography as well as a wide range of art and design, both from the past and more recent times, including European and non-European examples. This will all be part of the investigating and making process and will culminate in the production of original photographic works of their own.
Students will study more than one and a combination of the following:
- Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
- Still-life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
- Documentary (photography and photo journalism)
- Moving image (video, film, animation)
- Fashion photography
- Experimental imagery
- Photographic installation
The examination board is AQA. Students will be assessed by teaching staff and marking will be standardised within the department. All students work is then moderated by a visiting external moderator.
Students work towards 4 main criteria, their ability to:
- Develop ideas
- Refine and experiment with ideas and techniques
- Observation, ideas and insights
- Final ideas
Portfolio Component 1: From September to approximately mid-January students will be given a comprehensive introduction through the delivery of a variety of teacher-led practical workshops. Each workshop will allow students to experiment with their new knowledge and create personal responses. Students will research artists, and respond to their work in a personal way. This work will account for 60% of the final mark at AS
Exam Component 2: From 1st February to approximately the end of April students respond to their chosen question (usually from five offered). Students then create a portfolio/sketchbook of work in line their Unit 1 work. Students will then sit a ten hour exam relating to their developmental work and create a set of final pieces. Students are then expected back in School in June to prepare their work for exhibition, following this they will commence preparatory work for full A Level until the end of the summer term. This work will contribute to 40% of their AS grade.
Students who are completing the AS qualification in 2016 will receive an AS grade and qualification is completely separate from the A level they will have the opportunity to complete the consecutive year.
Portfolio component 1: From approximately June of Year 12 to around mid-January of Year 13 students are required to develop a unit of work based on a ‘personal study’. The direction of this project is determined by the student under the teacher’s guidance. The Unit allows students to explore themes and interests that are specific to them and accounts for 60% of the final mark at A Level.
Exam Component 2: The photography examination is taken at the end of the Unit, in mid to late April, and is fifteen hours long. The exam accounts for 40% of the final A Level mark. Students are well prepared for this experience throughout their learning.
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