Why should I study this subject?

The Visual Arts department offers students the opportunity to be creative, and develop their independent working skills in an exciting and supportive environment. The Photography course is an introduction to the subject where you will be introduced to a variety of techniques and produce some exciting and creative photographic work. You will start by learning how to create images in a traditional photographic darkroom, using film cameras, learning about composition and making your own black and white photographs.

You will then be introduced to digital photography using Apple Mac computers and Adobe Photoshop to manipulate images and produce professional quality results.

During the course you will have the opportunity to learn about other photographers to produce your own ideas that will be recorded in sketchbooks throughout the year. Photography is intended to teach you how to work independently and creatively by producing original and personal photographs.

What will I study?

The course will begin with skills building which will develop your technical ability as well as expose you to new ideas. This will cover a wide range of photographic skills from the traditional darkroom to professional digital software such as Adobe Photoshop. You will learn about composition, editing, using cameras and communication through imagery.

You will look at a wide range of other artists’ work both traditional and contemporary and use these to inspire and inform your own work. This will all be done whilst developing your independent working skills and allowing you to determine the direction of your own projects. You will then be able to select your own direction to work in, picking ideas and media that interest you.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?

An ability to work practically and creatively

Comfortable with the demands of a coursework subject

Organisation and time management

Creativity skills are essential to succeed on this course

An ability to work independently on projects set by your teachers

How will I be taught?

A combination of traditional teaching and demonstrations moving onto independent student led sessions. In Year 12 there will be an introduction to a range of artistic skills and media with structured projects. In Year 13 the emphasis will be on you directing your own interests and projects.

How will I be assessed?

In Year 12, component 1 is a skills building unit which will be assessed internally. Year 13 there will be personal project, written essay and final piece as well as an externally set assignment and timed final piece which will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

What will the course prepare me for?

Creativity and visual communication are essential in many careers both inside the Creative Industries and out. You may go on to study a Foundation Diploma or other higher education course such as Photography, Film, Animation, Illustration, Web Design as well as many other options.

You will also produce a portfolio of work that will prepare you well for both university interviews and when looking for employment.

How much private study should I expect to do?
As an approximate guideline this subject will require 4 hours of independent study each week.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Art materials maybe required throughout the course depending on specialism. A £10 fee will be charged for essential art materials.

What is the exam board?

This subject is for you if
you are an artistic or creative person who likes coursework subjects and is highly self-motivated.

This subject is not for you if
you struggle with coursework subjects and working independently.

“I have really enjoyed studying photography this year, it has been really enjoyable. I can really ‘picture’ myself having a career in photography!”
Aiden Watson, Kettlethorpe High School

“I stated photography at New College having never done it before and immediately developed a passion for both digital and traditional methods. This was due to the enthusiasm of my teachers and the amazing facilities available.”
Daniel Jones, Darton College