The AS Photography course is separated into two parts. Part A of the course is concerned with the development of skills. You will work through a series of workshops, tasks and short projects to prepare you for the externally set task, which is responsible for 100% of your overall grade and starts in January. You will present your work in a blog format so that you can have access to it from home. This also enables your tutors to track, and provide regular feedback, on your progress. Part B consists of a choice of externally set starting points. You will complete a project in response to one of these.
All materials and equipment needed to complete the course will be provided and cameras, tripods, lenses etc. can be loaned. Support/reference materials can be accessed on the department ‘Weebly’ (www.loretophotography.weebly.com).
There are four assessment objectives that you are marked on. These are outlined below and will be regularly referred to during assessments and discussions about your work.
September 2016 – January 2017
(Various workshops, visits, research tasks and mini-projects.)
Work will be internally assessed and will include:
January 2017 – May 2017
A paper will be issued from the exam board in January and will provide you with a variety of themes to respond to. There will be a choice of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. A response should be based on one of these options.
100% of total AS Level
Learners are expected to demonstrate their ability to:
We would recommend that candidates should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with achieving a grade C or above at GCSE art and design or equivalent course, such as GCSE Photography. It must be emphasised that this is not a requirement but is desirable. Students wishing to apply for the course without this qualification will be considered, but must bring a portfolio of photographic work demonstrating a visual awareness, to their interview and be seen by the head of department.
Photography is not to be confused with either Film Studies or Media Studies as it has a much more practical and creative emphasis. Photography is an art-based subject. It has cross-curricular links with other arts subjects, such as Art, Craft and Design, Graphic Communication, Three Dimensional Design and Textile Design.
“It allows you to be flexible with your creativity and express your own ideas”
“It’s enjoyable but also challenging. It’s a chance to be creative and use new skills”
“It’s a fun practical lesson to do and you do a lot of independent work”