Photography A-level

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This exciting hands-on course offers you the knowledge and skills to become highly inventive in the creation of eye catching, thought provoking imagery. The course follows both traditional and digital techniques with emphasis upon the research and study of historical and contemporary photographers.
We are one of the few institutions that sill provides specialist dark room facilities as well as digital.

Entry Requirements

An interest in Photography would be essential, standard entry requirements are 5 GCSES at Grade 4 and above from the core subjects

 

How will I learn?

Throughout the A-Level Photography programme students will continue to develop darkroom practice, studio photography, digital imaging, image interpretation and contextual study to either prepare them for university application or a suitable vocation.

How will I be assessed?

There are three units of study in the A-level 2 year program that are assessed as 100% coursework

  • A Personal Creative Enquiry unit - consisting of three projects that give students the essential 35mm SLR and darkroom foundational skills
  • A Personal Investigation unit - that builds upon these skills utilising any of the studied fields, through a bespoke project.
  • An Externally Set Assignment - that will focus all the students’ skills and knowledge around a chosen stimuli; to produce their best set of images from the two years of study.

Any trips?

We run both local and national Photography trips; shooting in varying locations, using specialist kit and exploring genres. Visits to galleries and relevant exhibitions are also an integral part of the study programme.

 

Are there any costs involved?

You will be required to purchase both darkroom and digital Inkjet paper and film throughout your two years of study. Also you will need money to travel (if you are doing location assignments) and/or money for props for photo shoots. A 35mm SLR camera is required for the 1st term of Yr 1 and a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) will be needed for the 2nd term of Yr 1.

  • You should expect some small costs for course booklets and stationery
  • There are costs attached to this course depending on the project you are working on
  • There will be costs for specific equipment or clothing.
  • Buying guides are issued so students have ample to time to purchase relevant materials/equipment.

FAQs

What career opportunities are there?

Here are some examples of various job opportunitues that A-Level Photography can lead you to

  • Advertising Art Director
  • Press Photographer
  • Magazine Features Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • Stylist
  • Fashion Photography
  • Marketing/Commercial Photographer
  • Retoucher
  • Photojournalist
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Documentary Photography
  • Film maker
  • Advertising Photographer
  • Marine/Ecological Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Food Photographer
  • Picture Editor
  • Brand/Style/Content Photographer
  • Wildlife/Animal/Bird Photographer

Do we get help with portfolio and university applications?

Yes, both lecturers of Photography A-Level have industry experience and will advise students on selecting the best work for their portfolios.

The course has links with many top photography universities, so are able to support completion of application forms.


Is there any work experience?

Students are encouraged to promote their work on social media channels and can tap into local and national opportunites for work experience.


Available As

A Level
[56 UCAS pts. available]

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Available As

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What the students say

Cirencester College is really good at offering help when you need it, from lecturers, tutors and other staff. The lecturers are really skilled in their area and can help you massively develop existing skills – and teach new ones. I love Photography, the A-level group are full of energy and ideas and the lecturer really helps us to reach our potential.

Jackson Moran

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