This practical course enables students to experience photography including the technical aspects of camera work and the conceptual and artistic context of photography. Students should have a real passion for photography and be prepared to invest the necessary time outside of lessons planning and carrying out shoots on location.

Year 1: will focus on digital photography, cameraless photography, digital darkroom and digital manipulation skills using both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator . There will be opportunities to create moving image using stop motion, time lapse photography and/or video footage. 

Year 2: Comprised of two units; The personal investigation briefs will focus on portraiture, still life, documentary and fashion. Students will have the opportunity to create outcomes including websites, posters, photography books and even physical exhibitions. The Externally set task is distributed in February. There will be approximately eight weeks of preparation time before the 15 hour controlled task.


Each Project is assessed individually and students are provided with regular feedback and suggestions for improvement, using Google Classroom.

Unit 1: (60%): Personal investigation including a 1000-3000 word essay.

Unit 2: (40%): Externally set task.

What Next?

This subject combines well with Art and Design (Photography), Art and Design (Art, Craft and Design), Design Technology. Students who have completed their A Level in this subject have gone on to study Art and Design Foundation courses, Photography, Fashion Design/Marketing, Textiles, Interior Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Game Design, Jewellery Design.

Subject Leader: Mrs J McGorrell

Syllabus: AQA

Course Specification: 7206 Art and Design (Photography)

Qualification: A Level