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Art & Design: Photography

During this course, you will work with ideas, thoughts and concepts in order to produce aesthetically-pleasing and deeply personal and meaningful, artwork. You’ll learn to understand composition, lighting and how to control your DSLR camera - in order to control aperture, shutter speed and exposure.

Taking inspiration from the work of artists, designers, art movements and genres, you’ll understand the development of photography and realise its importance as an art form, as well as a means of recording experiences. You will work with your images as a medium, experimenting with digital processes, as well as manipulation by hand.

Art and Photography students work in all areas of the Art School, which has two large multi-purpose art rooms, as well as an oil painting/3D studio with easels. A computer suite with key design software is available for you to create, research and present your work and ideas. We boast a well-resourced Fine Art and Textiles library, as well as key Photography and Graphic Design texts. We have a dark room and photographic studio with backdrops and lighting available, and A level artists are expected to make use of the Art School beyond their timetabled lessons.

This subject is for you: if you enjoy all aspects of photography, as well as sharing your ideas. You’ll have an aptitude for hard work, creative-thinking and will be comfortable working independently. You’ll have a passion for being experimental and learning through doing – as well as having opinions and being able to express them.


60% Coursework

40% externally set assignment - preparation period

Subject Level Year Group Exam Board
Art & Design - Photo GCE LVI AQA