AS Level Photography
Exam Board: AQA The Course
All students follow the ‘Photography’ one year AS Level course. Aware of both traditional and new technologies, they are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. The study of the history of photography, including contemporary, is integral to their own practice.
Exams and Assessment
Throughout the year students produce a personal portfolio (Personal Investigation) of work. It is presented in both written and visual form within sketchbooks and a portfolio. There is a final externally set exam. As the structure of the course and assessment objectives are very similar to those in Art and Design, a GCSE in Art would be a great advantage to anyone wishing to take Photography at AS Level.
Unit One: Personal Investigation. For this unit you are required to use a personal starting point related to the key themes, to produce a major project that shows you working through a range of photographic experiences. Marks – 60%
Unit Two: Externally Set Exam. From an early release paper you will choose one starting point. During the initial planning and preparation stage you will demonstrate an ability to record, plan and develop ideas and complete a final response under controlled conditions in 15 hours. Marks – 40%
Teachers and Teaching
Teaching is structured initially, with the students undertaking a series of short, intensive, skills-based briefs. A personal syllabus is then designed based on each student’s talent and personal sphere of interest.
The department organises at least one trip to a gallery or museum per academic year, to support the course. Whilst it is not compulsory it is recommended that all should attend as it provides important resources for students.
University Courses and Careers
Photography at AS Level can demonstrate a creative approach as well as a methodical process of working. Within the course students have the opportunity to evidence their analytical and technical skills, developing their knowledge and understanding of the wider context and history of photography. Career opportunities include: photojournalism, fashion/food photographer, design, marketing, set design and all aspects of the creative arts.