Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form College

Photography (AQA)

Entry Requirements:

Minimum grade 6 in  either  GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Photography,  GCSE Textiles or Head of Department approval of Portfolio.

This course requires an enthusiasm  for photography and the Visual Arts, imagination and  an  enquiring  mind.  Students  are  encouraged  to  express  their  own artistic identity, be  creative, thoughtful  and independent. There are no  specific requirements for candidates to demonstrate drawing skills in  this endorsement unless they wish to. Students will  be  given  the opportunity to explore a range of photographic media and techniques and use computer software  to explore and develop ideas. Students  will be required to make frequent trips to museums and galleries making links between their own work and that  of  relevant professional  artists. They   are also required to make visits and arrange photo-shoots to create their work. Students are expected to commit to 5  hours  a  week working independently  on their  coursework. This may include making  visits  and  photo-shoots  and  time  spent  in   the  department  developing coursework. All work submitted  will be  marked by  the course teacher and moderated by the examining board.

Course Content and Assessment: AS Unit 1:  Coursework Portfolio

Students  will   begin the  course  by   attending  a  series  of  workshops  designed  to introduce a range of photography, creative thinking and research skills that will  arm them with the tools they need to create their coursework. Students  are then given  a theme as  a  starting  point, from  which  they  are  expected  to  develop their  ideas through; research around their subject and other artists, photography, planning and organising photo-shoots and analysing their work. Students will develop their work by experimenting with a range of  photography techniques and refining and developing their ideas as they progress. Students will  design and create a final  piece based on their preparation studies.

AS Unit 2:  Externally Set Assignment

Students will  be  given  a question paper set by  the examining board AQA. The  paper contains five exciting themes. Students choose one  theme to explore and develop into a final piece that will be  completed during 15  hours. 5 hours of the development time are conducted under exam controlled conditions.

A2 Unit 3:  Personal Investigation

Students  have complete freedom to choose their own theme; they are encouraged to explore their  own interests  allowing them  to produce work that  shows a personal artistic identity. Practical work produced during this unit will need to be  documented in  writing, this could be  in  the form of  a journal, a log,  reports  on gallery visits or evaluations of own and others work (1000 -3000 words maximum).

A2 Unit 4:  Externally Set Assignment

Students will again be  given  a question paper by  the examining board AQA, this time the paper contains eight exciting themes. Students choose one to explore and develop into a final piece that will be  completed during the 15  hour exam.

Career Options:

A  Level   Photography  can  lead  to  higher  qualifications,  such  as  the  Foundation Diploma and  Degree. It  can  also  lead  to  a  variety of  creative  careers  including Photography, Design, Marketing and Journalism.