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Course Name: Photography A Level
Exam Board: AQA

Course Specification 

What will you study?

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. They will explore various genres of Photography, including:

  • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
  • documentary photography, photo journalism
  • experimental imagery including use of the dark room

Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.

What skills will you develop?

Students will acquire:

  • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography
  • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography
  • appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or 'frozen moment'
  • the appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography
  • understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, where appropriate, presentation and layout.

The students will have access to a studio and a darkroom, this will enable students to work in both analogue and digital methods. They will use both digital and film cameras to respond to themes within their workshops and learn how to develop film as well as how to take a well lit image in studio conditions.

How will you be assessed?

Component 1: Personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material.

  • Students are required to conduct a practical investigation,into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finisthed outcomes.
  • No time limit
  • Assessed out of 96 marks
  • 60% of A Level

Component 2: Externally set assignment

  • Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points.
  • Students are required to select one.
  • Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Preparaatory period + 15 hours supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A Level

Students will be aware of the four assssment objectives.