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We live in an age where a camera is readily at your fingertips. This course can help you turn your photos into great pieces of art.
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Photographs are the universal language of our time; an image tells a story, documents events, persuades opinions and evokes emotion with just one click. Imagery is part of who we are and what we see.

Photography A Level

Why study Photography?

Our A level Photography course allows you to develop a creative, professional identity and signature style by combining technique, theory and ethical practice with experimentation. We attempt to work ‘outside the box’ as much as we can; pushing the boundaries of what photography is. Our students work predominantly using digital SLR cameras within a studio environment, on location and experimental shooting. We encourage each student to learn a range of varied skills, put these into practice and nurture their own individual creative style.

Which syllabus do we follow?

The Creative & Media Studio School follows the AQA specification for A level Photography.

What is the course about?

Year 12

Within the first year of Photography, students will take part in workshops where they will build their knowledge and understanding of photographic techniques. This is a time for experiencing the opportunity of working with a wide and exciting range of materials, media and processes. Students will develop a foundation of skills such as use of DSLR cameras (Nikon D90s and Canon 5D MK3), use of Photoshop manipulation techniques, as well as experiencing a varied range of experiments. Students will develop their practical skills learning techniques such as high speed, long exposure, macro, multiple exposure, panorama, coloured gels, illusion and many more. Basically, we try to have some fun while teaching skills! Students will be supported by tutors, who will prepare each individual for the challenge of the personal investigation project; which will start later on in the year and continue within Year 13. Students will be introduced to a range of contextual inspirations and will develop skills in research and analysis in order to support their practical investigation.

Year 13

The second year is split into two components; the personal investigation project that will be completed by January, and the externally-set assignment, which starts in the New Year, to the handing-in day in the middle of May. Both of these projects will be an opportunity for you to follow a personal direction, building on your individual strengths, interests and future progression goals.

Stage 1 – personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

Stage 2 - Externally set assignment

Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers in February of year two.
Preparatory period – from 1 February
Supervised time – 15 hours

Assessment

Component 1: Personal investigation
No time limit
96 marks
60% of A-level

Component 2: Externally set assignment
Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
96 marks
40% of A-level

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying for A Level Photography should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to preparea portfolio of creative work showcasing your talent and individuality. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 16 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle

Students

My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make others see; I've been completely inspired.

Lauren

Student

With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.

Jack

Student

Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.

Launa

Student

Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.

Arusah

Student

Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.

Jade

Student

Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.

Matty

Student

Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.

Jessica

Student

It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.

Isobel

Student

Contact Us

T: 01484 382140
@: hello@studio-school.org.uk

The Creative & Media Studio School
Netherhall Learning Campus,
Rawthorpe Terrace,
Huddersfield.
HD5 9NY

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