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Christ the King Sixth Form College


A Level

"The photography course allows you to express yourself in different ways - through your thoughts, light, focus and own reflections. It allows you to exhibit freedom."

"I am really enjoying the photography course. The masterclasses help us learn different, more advanced techniques and this gives us an advantage in our work."

What will I study?

You will be encouraged to develop a personalised visual language by observing the world through the lens of a camera. You will learn how to use sketchbooks and digital portfolios to explore your own creative process by experimenting with imagery and manipulating meanings. Students will be exposed to a range of both darkroom techniques and digital processes. You will also collaborate with other students, learning how to use cameras, studio lighting and digital editing software. 

Your own work will be inspired by the study of other artists and photographers through contextual research and visits to galleries.

As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at the College’s art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners.

What do I need to study this course?

GCSEs (Grade 9-5) in an Art based subject or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Merit). If you have not studied the subject at school but wish to be considered for the course, evidence of ability and interest in the form of a sketchbook/portfolio must be shown at interview.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework and controlled assignments. You will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignments.

Where will A Level Photography lead me?

This course leads naturally to careers in Fine Art Photography, Film, Media and Animation, Photo Journalism, Fashion Photography, Advertising and Photographics. Art & Design courses are also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as Architecture, Design, Curatorship and Art Criticism, Arts Administration, Animation, Marketing and Publicity.

Christ the King is unique locally in that it offers four endorsed Art and Design A Levels, and for a career in the Arts it may be an advantage to take two of these.

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