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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential

Photography A Level


Exam board: AQA

Why study this subject:

Photography includes digital imaging and manipulation, and light-sensitive materials found in film and darkroom practise. A variety of photographic genres are explored with an emphasis on fine art approaches. Students will be expected to relate critical understanding to their own creative practice. Inventive and innovative images are sought; this includes inspiring trips to places of visual interest. Project themes are introduced and developed with students into practical outcomes.

Students will be introduced to a range of stimulating Photographic opportunities and will explore how lighting, lenses, camera and digital techniques are used to manipulate imagery.

Photography is more than documenting and recording. Students are required to develop imaginative, technically accomplished and individual approaches that reflect their creative styles and visual interests.

For all units students create project photographic sketchbooks, supporting studies and final pieces.

Units: How will I be assessed: 

Unit 1: Student Coursework - In this unit, students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources.

Unit 2: Student Coursework - This unit incorporates two elements, practical work and personal study.

Unit 3: Externally Set Paper - Thematic Title.

Future course and possible careers:

This course can lead to a college or foundation course leading to careers in Art,

Media, Photography, Journalistic Photography or Art Based Media.