KS5 - Photography

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Photography is both a form of communication and a means of capturing a moment in a specific time period or highlighting an important event. It is an individual momentary response; it encourages imagination and sensitivity, analytical ability and individual development of practical skill.

Course structure.

The AS year will involve a programme of integrated practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of processes and students produce critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography and photojournalism. Students explore manipulating image through darkroom practice, Photoshop and physical manipulation.

NB- AS results no longer count towards the full A-Level.

 

At A-Level in component 1 you will undertake further practical investigations, evidencing critical and contextual understanding whilst creating new, innovative ways of processing a photograph using a range of techniques. Component 2 is an independent extended project linked to your interests and technical development. This includes a 1000 -3000 word written reflection.

Assessment.

AS and A level - Moderated and marked components of coursework, selected from workbooks and final mounted images.

AS- Weighted marks for each component covered. Component 1 (Portfolio) 60%

Component 2 ‘externally set assignment’ including the 10 hour supervised time 40%

Maximum mark 96

A-Level - Weighted marks for each component covered. Component 1 Personal investigation including a 1000 -3000 written reflection 60%

Component 2 ‘externally set assignment’ including the 15 hour supervised time 40%

Maximum mark 96

Course requirements

As entry to the course, you must produce a mini-portfolio of work and have a keen interest in this subject.

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