GCSE Art & Design (Photography) Course

What board do we do? AQA 8206

What is Photography?
Photography jobs are as vast as the medium is visible in the world. This course will make you a great creative thinker and you will be able to construct your photographic images so that they contain high visual appeal. In this way you will be able to carve out your desired career in photography or at least this course will make you highly visible on Instagram for your great photography.

Photography is an exciting medium that can be used in many different ways. Careers in photography include Art careers, Advertising, Commercial work, Editorial, Fashion, Film, Food, Forensic, Industrial, Architectural, Ariel, Portraiture and Wedding photography, Sports and Travel etc. Photographs are visible everywhere because we love the photographic representation of ourselves and our world and therefore there is a huge market for photographic work.

Magazines and Newspapers show Advertising and Editorial photographic work. Billboards and hoardings show mainly Fashion and Advertising photography. In the film industry the ‘Director of Photography’ may operate Lighting or Camera and they have control over the ‘look of the film’. Photographers are employed to take ‘Stills’ in film and also photographic documentation for ‘Continuity’. Artists use photography in vast ways to show conceptual thinking, these photographs are found in galleries, books, magazines and on the internet. Photographs can be used on the web or as beautiful printed objects.

These courses will teach you to look at the world in a creative way. The creative potential stimulated in this course will enable you to apply creative, analytical and critical thinking and problem solving, in order to visually communicate ideas through photography. This awareness can also be employed to any other course that you do. Students will develop critical analyses of artists’ work helping to develop their own ideas through reaction, practical application and written reflections.

Throughout these courses, students will learn about a variety of photographic media, techniques and processes including hands-on experimentation with traditional techniques in our dedicated darkrooms, lighting in our studio and use computers for Photoshop and digital media, utilising these techniques and equipment, to make brilliant images.

This coursework earns marks over the entire course resulting in a final grade. Students will use sketchpads and workbooks to demonstrate all practical learning, ideas development and critical analysis. Coursework takes the pressure away from traditional 2 hour exams.

This Photography Course develops a wide range of skills, analytical and critical thinking and problem solving, which will be useful at University and future careers. Photography may offer a highly creative and hands-on alternative to other subjects you may be studying at A level.

Tuition is enjoyable, structured, friendly and supportive, resulting in high-grade achievements on this course.

Which subjects combine well with Photography?
EnglishBusiness Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Drama. Photography is a subject that draws from and comments on a variety of aspects of life. Dependent on your particular interest you may wish to combine other A levels to develop a more specific career. For example photography and drama would provide skills that would be valuable in the film industry or commercial photography and also photography used for exhibition. Photography and Business Studies would be useful for commercial photography and an Art career or curating career. The subject develops one’s ability to think creatively, through a rhythm of research, development of ideas, practical experimental and formulaic processes, reflection, critical review and analysis and evaluation. It will develop skills to solve problems effectively, which is important in any area of study where critical thinking is essential.

What careers and University courses can Photography lead to?
Photography could lead to academic or vocational degrees relating to Art careers, Advertising, Commercial work, Editorial, Fashion, Film, Food, Forensic, Industrial, Architectural, Ariel, Portraiture and Wedding photography, Sports and Travel, Press photography, Photojournalism, Fine Art, Editing, Fashion photography or Styling, the Film industry, Forensic science, Curating, Image Library, etc.

Transferable Skills

You will develop skills in creative and practical problem solving, developing ideas through research, practical application, analysis and critique and gain better organisation. These transferable skills gained through study of Photography are, in general, of wide applicability.

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