Photography is used to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world. The A Level encourages exploration of different materials, processes and techniques, both formal and experimental. The start of the course is workshop based, teaching a range of Photography Skills including basic and advanced camera functions, studio and dark room processes. You will learn not only how to use your camera to take a good photograph but to understand the technicalities involved and how to explore your own concepts and ideas.
After this introductory workshop period, students are encouraged to develop their own specialism and explore their own concepts and ideas free of external constraints while continuing to develop and explore their skills. Students are encouraged to base their work around their own individual identity, incorporating cultural influences or personal experiences and interests.
Although most of the assessed work is practical and sketchbook based, there is a separately assessed written essay. This encourages students to explore the work of other artists who inspire them and look at their work in a wider context.
First Year: Day visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (October) and other local locations to conduct exciting photoshoots.
Second Year: Day trip to Manchester (February).
Day trips: contribution towards petrol, approx. £1 per trip.
Sketchbooks: Students will need to buy their own sketchbooks; however, we have high quality monogrammed sketchbooks available to purchase at cost price from us. We recommend buying these from the department to ensure that they are of a good enough quality. These range from £5.50 - £7.00
Starter portfolio pack including basic materials – £10.00 (subject to materials/ availability).
Printer Credits – Photography is a visual subject and will rely heavily on good quality print outs. Students are given a certain amount of ‘printer credits’, however, they will need to top this up.
You will need to pay for photographic paper for darkroom use. We buy these materials in bulk and sell them onto students at cost price to keep costs down. Please be aware as darkroom photography is a highly specialised area of photography there will be some costs to incur. Bursaries are available to help students fund the cost of their courses and we try to recycle as much as we possibly can to reduce costs.
It is recommended; that you have your own camera, however the college does have equipment that students can book out to complete their studies. A camera on a mobile phone isn’t recommended, instead an entry level DSLR is preferable.