The Digital Photography course will introduce you to a variety of experiences, processes and techniques which include:
- Technical skills needed to take high quality images using a DSLR camera
- Contextual Studies to aid your understanding of the role of photography in modern society
- Digital manipulation techniques and manual experimentation
- Compositional devises and formal elements used by photographers who work across a range of genres
You will produce digital ‘sketchbooks’ to show your developing ideas and demonstrate your technical and critical understanding. You will also learn how to make and select images for final presentation.
COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
The AS and A2 courses are taught alongside each other and are assessed as follows:
- Component 1:Portfolio of work- No time limit, 96 marks, 60% of AS
- Component 2: Externally set assignment- Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time, 96 marks, 40% of AS
- Component 1: Personal investigation- No time limit, 96 marks, 60% of A-level
- Component 2: Externally set assignment- Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time, 96 marks, 40% of A-level
Lessons are mostly practical with the addition of lectures and discussions about the work of photographers past and present. Critical reviews and regular tutorials are built into the programme to support your growth as a budding photographer.
A trip to The Photographers Gallery in London, and other temporary exhibitions allow you to experience a variety of photographic work first hand, and you will are encouraged to develop your own ideas in response to the work you experience.
Studying Digital Photography can lead to further educational courses and careers in Fashion/ Sport/ Documentary/ Wildlife/ Fine Art Photography, Photo-Journalism, Media Studies, Advertising and Publishing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Film-making.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade including English and Maths 4+ and ideally including an Art, Craft and Design subject, Media Studies or a relevant Design and Technology subject grade 5+
“Career opportunities include fashion and sports photography, advertising, publishing, documentary photography/ film and journalism. You will develop key skills which are highly valued by employers and universities.”