Art & Design (Photography)

AS/A LEVEL (EDEXCEL) – NEW SPECIFICATION

This course is taught at Joseph Rowntree School. Each student’s timetable will allow for travel time between the schools.

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNIT 1: COURSEWORK
This course will have an emphasis on digital image making. It is designed to develop your ability to use photographic images as a means of communication. You will be expected to explore an aspect of the set theme that interests you; recording, manipulating and presenting a set of images that express an idea or point of view. The work is very practical and very personal.

After an initial period of learning about the theory and technology of photography, a starting point is set, for example ‘Decay’. Students choose an aspect of that title and take a series of investigative photographs. We will learn from other relevant photographers and experiment with digital manipulations. This information is organised and presented and used to develop proposals for final work. The best ideas are taken forward to finished pieces.
AS UNIT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT
The work in this unit follows a similar pattern except the starting point is set by the board. The unit is kick started by set activities that lead to more independent work.
A2 UNIT 1: COURSEWORK
This unit begins in the summer term y12 with a chance to learn more about how to use your camera. There will also be work on how to express your opinion about Photography. In September of Y13 a very broad starting point is set, for example ‘Sanctuary’ which students will explore and use to generate project proposals. These personal projects will be supported through individual tutorial and practical guidance. This unit also requires students to write a 1500 word study on a subject related to their practical work.
A2 UNIT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT
The work in this unit follows a similar pattern except the starting point is set by the board. The unit is kick started by set activities that lead to more independent work.

ASSESSMENT

Each unit is assessed by end of course exhibition. Students display the work for each unit separately at the end of the year. The work is initially assessed by your teachers. This assessment is checked by a moderator appointed by the exam board.

FUTURE STUDY / CAREERS

We are increasingly surrounded by photographic images. It is the dominant means of communication in magazines, newspapers, web-sights, adverts, film and television yet it is hardly studied at school. An understanding of this omnipresent media will become an essential survival tool in the 21st century as our communication becomes ever more screen based. There are many career opportunities for the photo-imaging industry. www.skillset.org/photo/careers/

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

It is essential that you have access to a digital camera outside of school. You will need to be computer literate. It is an advantage, but not at all essential to have gained GCSE Art and Design Grade C or more. Successful candidates are those who are enterprising and able to organise what they need for photo-shoots.