Photography A Level is a specialist course exploring the deep craft of Photography. It involves work in black and white and colour photography. Your work will also use both digital and darkroom photography and there will be computer-based work as well as handmade development work.
Students also have opportunities to work in video, film, installation and animation. You will study the work of other artists, designers and photographers, including work from primary sources during visits to galleries and museums.
Our Photography course gives you the opportunity to develop a personal and structured approach to project work, by exploring ideas and the work of other photographers. You will also develop your critical faculties, in both practical and written work, and acquire a high level of composition and presentation skills. There are many careers open to students with a photography qualification, including professional photography, journalism, arts administration, advertising, fashion, television, communications, art direction, interactive design and teaching.
Take a Box for a walk
We would like you to take your box for a walk. Take 50-100 photographs using your phone or a camera. Think of somewhere interesting to take your box. Think carefully about where you place the box in the frame, make sure it is in focus.
Select + level the best 10 - 20 photographs
Present these in a Keynote or Powerpoint
“If your pictures are not good enough you are not close enough.”
To begin the course, we must first explore how a photograph is made. In this project we will investigate the work of Abe Morell and Vera Lutter who explore the process of photography by returning to its humble roots. We will show you how to build a camera, as well as teaching you how to capture light.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
“To take a photograph means to recognise, simultaneously and within a fraction of a second‚ both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning,” Henri Cartier-Bresson
Here are some initial Photoshop development ideas you can apply to your photographs. Remember you must show your ability to experiment with materials and processes as part of the AO2.
Development Ideas One
“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
Diary of a Pandemic
“Photography helps people to see.”
Artists and photographers have long responded to their immediate surroundings. Living in a lockdown has presented the world with a new shared experience. Over the next 4 weeks, document your experience of this unusual time.