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Content / Overview
This two year course will emphasise photography as a creative medium and will be taught primarily as a practical subject. You will learn the basic techniques, theories, principles and how to use photographic processes and equipment; incorporating studio, ICT and camera technique. This will enable you to create your own photographic imagery in response to a variety of exciting and stimulating projects. You will have the opportunity to explore the world of fashion, photo-journalism, advertising, social documentary and many other commercial applications of photography. This can lead to progression towards higher education in photography graphic design, web design, multi-media, video production and also into direct employment.
The course provides the opportunity to extend further your techniques and understanding of software applications, with a critical awareness of other photographers work, through focused self-managed assignments.
All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.
|Steps to Success
At least five GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English Language, and a grade 4 (grade C) or above in an Art and/or design related subject.
85% or above attendance in year one.
|Specialist Academic Skills
A confident ability to create and develop ideas using a wide variety of traditional materials and techniques and digital software based on a thorough understanding of a variety of photographic styles and movements.
A confident ability to critically analyse, review and refine own ideas.
A confident ability to develop and realise relevant and meaningful solutions showing an in depth understanding of a brief.
A confident ability to effectively plan, organise and manage a brief from inception to successful conclusion.
|Essential Skills for Progression
Development of English and ICT
Confidently record ideas in a variety of ways
Confidently use SLR and DSLR cameras
Confidently use (wet) darkroom equipment
Confidently use digital darkroom (Photoshop) equipment and software
Confidently use inspirational sources to develop ideas
Experiment with a variety of media and processes
As per Year 1, plus the ability to effectively plan, manage time, and define target audience.
|Subject Specific Enrichment
Possible trips undertaking photographic shoots in different environments.
Possible trips to photography related exhibitions, universities offering graphic design and related programmes of study at higher level.
Possible guest speakers, lectures and workshops from universities.
Possible presentations of portfolios from ex-students
As per Year 1, plus mock interviews for Higher Education and job applications.
|Personal Development (EEP)
Managing own learning
Independent study and use of online learning
Trips and visits
Personal safety and ELM themes
As per Year 1, plus reflective learning.
|Building on Social, Community and Employability Skills (EEP)
Team working, options might include:
Participation in sports
Preparation for employment
Practitioner values & attitudes
Experience of work
As Per year 1, plus skills development in a range of specialisms tailored to employment in the arts
Why Study Here
Access to photographic studios and darkrooms the option to loan digital and film cameras and portable flash equipment, plus a dedicated suite of iMACs and current Adobe software.
Those students who are interested in studying photography in a practical and creative environment. You should enjoy creative arts subjects and be able to grasp technical concepts.
Application followed by individual interview
At least five GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English Language. A grade 4 (grade C) or above in an Art and/or design related subject would be desirable but not essential.
Practical and theoretical elements are taught.
Homework is set and marked on a fortnightly basis and could consist of written research or practical experiments, which typically can be completed within four hours per week.
This is a coursework based subject with no final written exams.
Students typically progress to Higher Education to study photography or an art related subject at degree level at university. Some work experience placements have led directly to employment.
It is desirable that students have their own 35mm SLR camera or digital camera, but not essential at the start of the course, as the option to loan equipment is available. Students will need to purchase an equipment pack that will consist of the essentials to start the course. Material fees will be approximately £100.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').