What is Photography?

Photography offers you the chance to develop personal expression through the taking, selection and manipulation of images.

On the course you will have the opportunity to learn both traditional film/darkroom skills and digital image manipulations techniques using Adobe CC.

Work might also include video and time lapse films.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from Art or Photography. Merit or above if BTEC*

  • Assessment methods

    1 exam project. 1 coursework project

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    AQA

How you will study

Initially the course will give you the opportunity to learn subject specific skills such as: using the camera’s controls creatively, black and white printing in the darkroom, studio work, digital editing and image manipulation.

You will then go on to develop personal projects in which you investigate a topic in depth, through personal experiments and examining the work of other photographers. At this stage you will be given personalised tuition depending on your individual requirements.

Your learning experiences will include: whole class and small group demonstrations; individual discussions and personal exploration; online sketchbook and larger scale developmental work; study trips and working with artists.

Course content summary:

  • Portfolio Component

    You work and develop ideas using a range of processes, skills and techniques producing a portfolio of coursework exemplifying work carried out

  • Personal Investigation

    You will develop a practical project which will be supported by a written element of 1000- 3000 words

  • Externally Set Assignment

    You will have approximately ten weeks to produce prep work. At the end of this lead in time you will produce final work in 15 hrs of unaided, supervised time

What can I do after Xaverian?

Photography can lead on to many careers in Art and Design. Many of our students go directly to study Photography at university, some also go straight into the industry and work as professional photographers in studios.

Specific careers in photography include: Photojournalism, fashion photography, food photography, forensic and medical photography, and wedding photography.

Xaverian Photography students have gone on to study at many leading Universities, such as Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths, L.C.C, Camberwell College of Arts, M.M.U, Derby and Birmingham City University

What else might you do?

  • Workshops with internationally renowned photographers such as Thomas Joshua Cooper at the Whitworth Art Gallery

  • Trips to Paris, Berlin and Derby International Photography Festival

  • Photography masterclass from Andrew Brookes

  • Provision of photography equipment for hire to all students

What can I do after Xaverian?

Photography can lead on to many careers in Art and Design. Many of our students go directly to study Photography at university, some also go straight into the industry and work as professional photographers in studios.

Specific careers in photography include: Photojournalism, fashion photography, food photography, forensic and medical photography, and wedding photography.

Xaverian Photography students have gone on to study at many leading Universities, such as Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths, L.C.C, Camberwell College of Arts, M.M.U, Derby and Birmingham City University

What else might you do?

  • Workshops with internationally renowned photographers such as Thomas Joshua Cooper at the Whitworth Art Gallery

  • Trips to Paris, Berlin and Derby International Photography Festival

  • Photography masterclass from Andrew Brookes

  • Provision of photography equipment for hire to all students