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A Level, Level 3

Art & Design (Photography and Art)

You will need to be excited by the idea of further study of Art, Design & Media. This combined A Level Art and Design will give you the choice of either focusing on photography or art as pathways. You will need to be committed to an intensive course of study and be 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 art department and state of-the-art digital photo studio as well as experimenting in a traditional darkroom.

We have some incredible lighting and cameras, including digital medium format. We also have a well-equipped art department with full printmaking facilities and the use of industry standard adobe software. You will begin by following a detailed introductory programme designed to teach you all the essentials you will need to unleash your creativity, both through art and photography. You will also gain awareness of the work of many other photographers, artists and designers. 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 art and 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

• Product photography

• Experimental imagery

• Multimedia

• Photographic and art installations

• Moving image (video, film, animation)

You will learn about the visual elements artists and photographers use in their work and consider the creative power of 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 your chosen focused pathway.

Many of our students progress onto the Higher National Diploma in Art & Design at Selby College to take their art and photographic skills even further and reach a professional standard of work. We also offer an Art & Design BA Top Up enabling you to gain full degree status. A Level Art & Design builds excellent transferrable skills so we also see students applying for degree-level courses across a wide range of other subjects.

Potential Careers

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.

4 GCSEs at Grade 5 (or above), plus Grade 4 (or above) in English- in addition, 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.

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