Art & Design (Photography and Art) | Selby College
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A Level, Level 3

Art & Design (Photography and Art)

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

• 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 (Arts Practice) at Selby College to take their photographic and art skills even further and reach a professional standard of work. A Level Art, Design and Photography builds excellent transferrable skills so we also see students applying for degree-level courses across a wide range of other subjects.

Potential Careers

  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Director of Photography
  • Press photographer
  • Photographic Stylist
  • Advertising Art director
  • Photography
  • Graphic Communications
  • Illustration/Concept Artist
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Product Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Interior and textile designer
  • Animation (digital and stop frame)
  • Media Production
  • Prop and theatre Design
  • Fine Art – Drawing/Painting/Moving Image

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.

5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including English Language and Maths


Grade 5 or above in art-based subject (if studied at GCSE).

40% Awarding Body, 60% College

Where can it lead?