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A Level, Level 3

Art & Design (Photography)

You will need to be excited by the idea of using cameras, lights and digital applications to produce creative outcomes. You will also need to be committed to an intensive course of study and prepared to devote a lot of time to the production of high-quality work. You will explore a broad range of processes and techniques, learning amazing new skills in our fully equipped, state of-the-art digital photo studio as well as the traditional darkroom.

We have some incredible lighting and cameras, including digital medium format. You will begin by following a detailed introductory programme designed to teach you all the essentials you will need to unleash your creativity. You will also gain awareness of the work of many other photographers, artists and designers. Our digital files are processed using Capture One Pro, the number one choice for industry professionals – you’ll be amazed how great your photographs will look! We also present your work as digital sketchbooks using Adobe InDesign, the key software used by professional graphic designers, so if you are interested in graphic communication as well as photography, then this is a real bonus.

Once you have gained a solid, technical grounding you will start to explore areas such as:

• Portraiture

• Still life and product photography

• Experimental imagery

• Multimedia and photographic installations

• Moving image (video, film, animation)

You will learn about the visual elements photographers use in their work and consider the creative power of lens-based imagery. Challenges will require you to respond to issues in a very personal way. At all times you will be developing a deep understanding of cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, exposure techniques and post-production editing.

Many of our students progress onto the Higher National Diploma in Art & Design at Selby College to take their photographic skills even further and reach a professional standard of work. A Level Photography builds excellent transferrable skills so we also see students applying for degree-level courses across a wide range of other subjects.

You will need to be committed to an intensive course of study and prepared to devote a lot of time to the production of high-quality work.

In addition to the minimum A Level requirements - 4 GCSEs at Grade 5, plus English at Grade 4 - you will usually be expected to have a GCSE at Grade 5 or above in Art & Design or Photography. If this is not the case, you can still arrange for an interview where you may be asked to showcase a portfolio of your artwork. If you have not achieved a grade 4 in Mathematics, you will be required to continue studying this alongside your course.

40% Awarding Body, 60% College

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