Photography A Level Edexcel
Course entry requirements: It is desirable, although not essential to have previously obtained: GCSE Art and Design Level 5 or above.
OVERVIEW OF COURSE
The A Level Art and Design Photography course offers students a full programme of advanced study to enable students to progress their skills in creativity and practical application of photography. After a short introductory course in Year 12, students will be able to develop their own body of work in order to cater for own interests and specialisms. All work is continually assessed internally to allow for regular feedback and improvement before final submission at the end of the course.
COURSE DETAILS AND ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:
Students will complete a range of mini projects allowing them to explore different media, processes and techniques. This will include researching and responding to the work of other artists before experimenting and refining their own work to produce a final outcome. After Christmas students will also have the opportunity to complete an exam question from a previous paper working towards each of the four assessment objectives by producing a portfolio of practical and written work. Although students will receive an end of year grade, this does not contribute towards their final A Level grade.
Component One: Personal Investigation – 60%
Students will be guided to select a theme of their own choice. They will respond to this theme by creating a body of work including artist research and development, written and practical preparation work and a final practical outcome. They will also produce a written study of between 1000 and 3000 words in response to their chosen theme and their own practical studies.
Component Two: Externally Set Assignment – 40%
Students will be given a theme and a suggestion of different starting points which will be released by Edexcel on 1st February. This will then allow them time to generate and explore ideas in response to their own research and the work of other artists. For assessment they will produce a portfolio of work demonstrating their written and developmental practical work before producing their final outcome over a 15-hour period of time.
WHERE CAN THIS COURSE TAKE ME?
There are many choices open to students following an A Level qualification in Photography. Many choose to go on to study at Foundation Level at college before embarking on an appropriate degree course. A Level Photography can lead on to wide ranging careers including: marketing, advertising, journalism, film, TV and Gaming Design.
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