Course overviewThis course will introduce you to practical studio, darkroom and on-location photographic processes in addition to theoretical aspects of Photography. You will be encouraged to explore a variety of techniques and processes in a highly personal and meaningful way. A Level Photography is a respected qualification for University entry or a career in the creative industries. The course will develop your creative thinking, visual communication and problem solving skills. Photography can lead you to many creative jobs such as an Art Director, Stylist, Photo Journalist and many more. You will make use of the studio and darkroom facilities and enjoy a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, guest speakers, workshops, trips, active learning and personal research.
What else do I need to know?Experienced lecturers, who are also practitioners, will teach you. There will be opportunities to participate in trips to collect research and images. To achieve the best grades in the subject you will own your own digital camera, enabling you to work outside college. A DSLR is preferable; if you have a compact or bridge camera, you may need to arrange occasional camera loan from the college. A film camera is also recommended along with a tripod.
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What are the entry requirements?
How is it assessed?
In year 2 you will produce:
1. Personal Investigation and related study (60% of A Level final grade).
A practical project supported by a related study of 1,000 words minimum. You will be encouraged to undertake a range of research in support of your chosen theme. This should include museum or gallery visits.
2. Externally Set Assignment (40% of A Level grade) where you will choose from a variety of starting points, culminating in a 15hr controlled practical test.
The two components combined are internally marked and externally moderated. Your final A Level grade is awarded based on the quality of research, experimental studies and final pieces evidenced in these modules.
Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.
What financial support is on offer?
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance
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