Photography – A Levels

Qualification:
A Level
Assessment:
Assessment during the first year is internally set and comprises of 100% coursework. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work over the year. Assessment during the second year is divided between coursework worth 60% (personal investigation) and the controlled assignment worth 40%. The assessments from the second year combined will determine your overall grade for the A Level.
Exam Board: EDUQAS

Overview:

This is the new specification studied through WJEC Art & Design: Photography. Here at King Edward's we have an outstanding teaching provision and enrichment for Photography, and a 100% success rate for all students. The course is largely digitally based but students are given the opportunity to experiment with mixed media processes, such as pinhole photography.First Year During the first year of the A Level you will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with several different methods of image making and genres of photography. We begin by learning the basics of how to operate a DSLR camera to a high standard and than applying these skills in studying different genres, such as portraiture, documentary, landscape, fine art and experimental photography, as well as moving image. You will also have the opportunity to learn the art of post production in industry standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Premiere Pro CS6. The first year is about building up your skills and being able to truly enjoy and understand the magic of photography. Assessment during the first year is 100% coursework, you will be required to produce a portfolio of work over the year. There are internal deadlines and assessments but there are no external exams. Progression onto the second year is based on students performance and final coursework portfolio in the first year.Second Year This year is where you use the skills and areas of interest developed in the first year, and apply them to 2 units to meet the exam board criteria:Unit 1 - Personal Investigation. Learners should produce two elements: (i) Portfolio of Practical Work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus of your own choosing. (ii) Related Written Study: a minimum of 1000 words response to your chosen topic.Unit 2 - Controlled Assignment. The exam board will release the Exam papers on the 1st February and will provide learners with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. Learners will then produce a project based on one of these that they choose. In preparation for the exam they will produce a sketchbook of work and the exam is simply a practical session to produce their final pieces.Assessment during the second year is divided between coursework worth 60% (personal investigation) and the controlled assignment worth 40%. Combined these will determine your overall grade for the A Level.Methods of Teaching & Learning Practical work is supported by teacher led presentations, exhibition visits and skills based workshops. In their first year students are given a thorough grounding in core skills through the experimentation of the uses of a variety of photographic processes. In the second year students develop their own personal ideas.Enrichment Students are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised throughout the year to galleries and exhibitions, including the annual Creative Arts trip abroad, we have visited Paris, Berlin and Madrid in the past few years. Students are also encouraged to enter their work into photography competitions and festivals. In 2015-16 the following students won awards:- Matthew Sedgley won the national WJEC Moving Images Awards for his music video he made during his Photography A Level. - Emily Rogers won the Arbury Rotary Young Photographer of the Year award. - Holly Grainger won the national Travelbound Photography competition AND the under 18s category in the Nuneaton Festival of Arts. - Scott Bridge won the U18s Experimental Imagery category in the Nuneaton Festival of Arts. - Charlotte Davis came second place in the Over 18s Experimental Imagery category in the Nuneaton Festival of Arts.Why choose Photography A level?Student Matt Sedgley won Best Music Video 2015 and Overall Winner 2015 at the WJEC Moving Images Awards with his music video http://kec-asa2filmmedia.blogspot.co.uk/Adam Rogers, produced as part of his final piece in the A Level exam
College requirements plus a short interview. GCSE Grade C in Photography or Art is desirable but NOT essential. The course is suitable for complete beginners, there will be skills based workshops throughout the year. You will be asked to do a summer project which will act as your portfolio. This must be completed before enrolment. Plenty of advice will be available at our taster day or online.
Two Years 
Students will be required to pay for photographic prints throughout the year. Materials and equipment may also be ordered through the Art shop at the students expense should they have specific requirements. Additional costs associated with departmental visits, trips and advanced workshops may be required during the course.  A £15 fee printing costs fee which is essential to the course at the start of the year during enrolment.
The full Advanced Level in Photography provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to Higher Education as well as being a useful background to any career within the photographic, media or fine art field. Previous student progression on completion includes: studying Photography at Falmouth, Brighton and Coventry University, HNC Creative Media Production and Art Foundation at KEC, Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham University, Business Studies at Southampton University and and various professional work placements and internships. For instance Joe Saunders has successfully recieved an internship with Jaguar LandRover in 2016 having completed his A Levels in Art, Photography and Media.
Having your own DSLR camera is desirable but NOT essential. The college is well equipped and will be able to provide you one for all assignments. Other courses that work well with Photography include Art and Design, Media and Film Studies.

Enrichment

Students are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised throughout the year to galleries and exhibitions, including the annual Creative Arts trip abroad, we have visited Paris, Berlin and Madrid in the past few years.

Jaskirt Boora

Jaskirt Boora - Teacher Photography

What are your qualifications? First Class BA Honours in Communication, Culture and Media from Coventry University

Teaching experience? A Level Photography and Media. HNC Creative Media production and teaching assistant in BA Photography at Coventry University.

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

Worked at BBC Interactive and national radio station BBC Asian Network for 4 years as a broadcast assistant and interactive content producer. I have won multiple awards (Photo Imaging Council Award 2007 and Ideas Tap spots award supported by Magnum Photo Agency 2012) and commissions for my photography work. My work has published in The Sunday Times Magazine and The Guardian amongst other publications. I have received grants from the Cultural Olympiad and British Arts Council for different series of work. I have exhibited my photography work locally, nationally and internationally, including New York, Morocco and South Korea.

What are your hobbies/interests? I love playing football, enjoy reading, travelling and taking photographs.

Prospectus


Student Testimonial...

After studying photography at King Edward VI College, I feel as though I am really prepared for my future in industry. The skills I have learnt over the last two years have been extremely valuable, and have benefitted me whilst doing the HNC in Media Production. I learnt how to use industry standard equipment and software and have had the opportunity to go on various exciting trips (for example: the photography show, Birmingham, Paris etc) which have enabled me to gain knowledge about the photography industry, as well as giving me the freedom to create interesting and spontaneous images. I really enjoyed the way that, particularly in second year, we were given the freedom to engage with the genres of photography that we found appealing. I chose fashion photography, as I plan to go on to study fashion promotion and imaging in the future at university, and Jaskirt was extremely helpful if I needed any support or if I was lacking inspiration.

Frankie Smith