This is a two-year course that focuses on 4 main areas of study (studio,
darkroom, digital manipulation and location photography). Each area will be
developed into individual projects based around subjects such as portraiture or
landscape photography. The course is split into three main components:
1: Portfolio building. This will concentrate on learning, understanding and
practising the skills needed throughout the course, whilst producing a variety
of independent projects.
2: Personal Investigation
This entails students developing skills in all
areas as well as appreciating and learning about historical and contemporary
photographers. Work will be underpinned with research and written analysis as
well as a visual work which shows the learning process. Students will then be
given the opportunity to develop their own personal style of photography with
individual projects. Sharing good practice within the class learners will push
their abilities to the limit and produce a body of work that shows a journey of
development resulting in a skillful and creative final outcome. Each learner
will also produce a 3000 word essay, which is split into two parts, based on the
work and photographers they have researched.
3: Externally Set Exam
This will allow the student to focus on a
particular theme and develop a personal response, with 15 hours of silent exam
time to complete a final outcome from this development.