What do I need to study the course?
No previous experience of Photography is required. However, you must have a genuine interest in Photography and be committed to working beyond the classroom. You must have the following equipment to do the course:
- A digital SLR camera or a digital compact camera
- An SD card
- A memory stick (flash drive).
Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below.
They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:
- landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
- still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
- documentary photography, photojournalism
- fashion photography
- experimental imagery
- photographic installation
- moving image (video, film, animation).
Candidates will explore:
- How photography can be used to show ideas, feelings and meanings
- Historical and contemporary photography developments
- How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts
- Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions of photography
- The working vocabulary and specialist terminology
Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:
- The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture
- The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in photography
- Appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field, movement, time-based techniques
- The appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting etc.
- The understanding of techniques related to developing and printing as well as presentation.
Possible careers include: Fashion photographer, Photographic journalism, Photographic artist, Wedding photographer, Film maker, Portrait photographer or Camera person.
Examination Board: AQA