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The course enables students to develop skills widely relevant to a huge range of careers, for example visual literacy for media-based careers, analysis and communications for journalism and problem solving for engineering.

All aspects of the Art & Design industry including advertising, portraiture or fashion photography, photo journalism, television and film production, camera operations, graphic design and illustration. Related careers such as museums and galleries, publishing, animation, theatre design, art therapist or teacher.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE any of the Art and Design endorsements
Course Content
This Advanced GCE specification requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:
• relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
• ways in which photographs can be developed beyond the pure image using practical hand-on techniques as well as digital forms
• a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology

The Photography course is tailored to encourage, enhance and challenge creativity, enabling students to achieve their potential. Students will be expected to analyse the work of other photographers, develop their ideas in response to them and explore a wide range of Art based and digital manipulation and presentation techniques when developing ideas or creating a final piece.

Taking your own photographs outside of lesson time is fundamental to the course, and therefore access to a digital camera or camera 'phone (that you can transfer images onto a computer from) is essential. You must also be prepared to print your own photographs, which will incur a cost (this will vary depending on where you print your photographs).
Style Of Assessment
60% coursework and 40% exam and exam sketchbook (see Art for details).
Whose kind of course?
The course is suited to students who prefer a practical and creative approach to studying Photography. It will also interest anyone who:
• May wish to pursue a career in Photography.
• Would like to continue studying this subject at University.
• Would prefer to be assessed by continuous coursework (60%) alongside a final exam (40%).
• May wish to specialise in certain areas of practical photography.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements can still apply but must arrange a portfolio interview with a member of the Art Department during term 6 prior to starting the course.
Career Prospects
The course enables students to develop skills widely relevant to a huge range of careers, for example visual literacy for media-based careers, analysis and communications for journalism and problem solving for engineering.

All aspects of the Art & Design industry including advertising, portraiture or fashion photography, photo journalism, television and film production, camera operations, graphic design and illustration. Related careers such as museums and galleries, publishing, animation, theatre design, art therapist or teacher.
Art

The course enables students to develop skills widely relevant to a huge range of careers for example developing dexterity for surgery, problem solving for engineering and visual communication skills for journalism.

All aspects of Art industry including graphic design, textiles, fashion, photography, 3D design, architecture, interior design, illustration. Related careers in museums and galleries, publishing, advertising, theatre, TV and film, art therapy, teaching, community work.

more info
Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE in any of the Art and Design endorsements
Course Content
This Advanced GCE specification requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

• practical knowledge and ability in a range of Fine Art materials, processes and techniques
• independence of mind in developing their own ideas
• an understanding of how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts, including understanding of the work of other artists and designers
• a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology with which to express their ideas.

The course is tailored to encourage, enhance and challenge creativity, enabling students to achieve their potential. Lessons consist of a mixture of workshops introducing students to techniques and processes, plus tutorial sessions in which students are guided to develop their own artistic line of enquiry.
Style Of Assessment
60% coursework (all of the artwork that students produce between September and January)

40% exam (the work that students produce between February and May in response to a specific exam theme set by AQA)
Whose kind of course?
The course is suited to students who are creative and enjoy taking photographs, painting, drawing or making. It will also interest anyone who wishes to:

• study other artists and visit galleries
• experiment with new techniques and see where these can lead
• express themselves creatively and develop the ability and knowledge to do this at a higher level
• develop their own ideas and areas of interest through discussions with teachers as well as other students
• pursue a career in art and design
• continue studying art or design at University or via an Art Foundation Course
Career Prospects

The course enables students to develop skills widely relevant to a huge range of careers for example developing dexterity for surgery, problem solving for engineering and visual communication skills for journalism.

All aspects of Art industry including graphic design, textiles, fashion, photography, 3D design, architecture, interior design, illustration. Related careers in museums and galleries, publishing, advertising, theatre, TV and film, art therapy, teaching, community work.
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