AS Level Photography introduces the use of both digital and traditional SLR cameras, their techniques and processes. Pupils explore relevant images, artifacts and resources, including European and non-European examples and use them as an integral part of their work. Visits to locations and galleries are used to explore possibilities and develop ideas.
Work is carried out in the Art department’s photography computer suite, darkroom and photography studio using professional lighting, as well as on location.
Pupils do not need to have studied Art at GCSE, although this is preferable. The subject develops skills in analysing images as well as technical skills both in the darkroom, the studio and on location. Developing creativity and independent thinking is encouraged, as well as working independently.
Pupils can use Photography as part of a portfolio for Art School application and it is an excellent subject to complement the other titles in Art and Design A Level. However, former pupils have also taken this course because of a genuine interest and have successfully gained places on a variety of degree courses like Journalism, American Studies, Philosophy and Media Studies. This AS Level is a good introduction to the Creative Industries.