This is a course for creative photographers and those who wish to study in more depth and discover more about how we use photography today. There will be opportunities to study historical and contextual elements alongside the technical and creative needs of modern photographic practice.
There are no entry requirements, however this would suit an individual who has completed an introduction to digital photography or has previous experience. The main entry requirements would be an enthusiasm for the subject and a desire to learn more about photography.
You will engage with the basics of digital camera techniques and Photoshop, alongside elements of studio and darkroom practice bringing together the worlds of traditional and digital photography.
In your first year (AS) you will complete two units of work. The first is a coursework portfolio where you will document your learning and produce a final piece that you will develop with your lecturer. The second is an externally set, practical exam that would be based on a number of set themes, giving you the opportunity to put more of your learning into practice.
If you want to continue in your second year (A2) you will complete a further two units. The first is called a personal investigation where you will continue to expand your photographic knowledge but also have the opportunity to engage with themes and ideas of your own choice that you can develop with your lecturer. You will then have a further practical exam to in order to complete your full A Level.
This is potentially a two year course though you can complete one year with an AS qualification.
Course requirements - the following are essential materials in order for the student to get the most out of the course:
- Digital SLR camera
- Memory card reader
- USB stick
- Two sketchbooks (which can be purchased from the college)
Students will be required to print and present photos at various points which can be an additional cost and the ability to use a computer at home would also be an advantage.