Introduction to the Course
The aims and objectives of the Advanced GCE in Photography are to enable students to develop:
- intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
- investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills,
- aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
- independence of mind in developing, refining & communicating ideas, intentions & personal outcomes
- an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of photography and art, craft and design
- experience of working with a broad range of media
- an understanding of the interrelationships between photography, art, craft and design
- processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
- knowledge & experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to creative industries
- knowledge and understanding of photography, art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures
- an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of photography, art, craft and design.
Standard entry requirements including: Grade B GCSE qualification in Photography or Art and Design. Alternatively, students have not taken GCSE Art or Photography may be permitted to take the course by providing a portfolio of Photographic work. Students should have a commitment to and love of the subject and feel motivated to develop visual skills and express their ideas.
Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing resolved outcomes.
This component consists of three major elements: supporting studies, practical outcomes and a personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing resolved outcomes in response to an externally set theme.
This component consists of two major elements: supporting studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus.
Both Components are assessed against the following four Assessment Objectives which are equally weighted:
Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress
Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements
Future Career Progression
Photography is useful for students who have an interest in a career in journalism, fashion, publishing, advertising and film and media industries. Also those with an interest and aptitude for the subject, who do not intend to study it further but will be able to use the transferable study skills and creativity in their chosen career path.