A Level

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About the course…

Whether you enjoy taking photographs for fun, for keepsake memories, or because you love the technical aspects of how a camera works, then A Level Photography is the course for you.

Studying Photography will encourage you to expand your knowledge and understanding of photographic techniques and the history of photography, all while giving you the opportunity to explore personal ideas through keeping a sketchbook to record your learning.

You will explore and produce practical work in multiple photographic and arts-based disciplines, including light-painting, digital image manipulation, compositing, cyanotypes, photographic sculpture, craft, collage and studio lighting.

What we add…

  • You will be taught in a purpose-built art department, complete with a photographic studio, Mac suite, Nikon DSLR cameras and access to the Adobe Creative Cloud editing suite.
  • We offer visits to events and locations including national galleries and local one off exhibitions such as Ed Sheeran’s Made in Suffolk exhibition. In previous years, students also got the chance to visit Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour and UCAS Create Your Future.
  • Your course will end with an exhibition, which looks fantastic on your CV and gives you the opportunity to celebrate all the brilliant images you have made collectively.

Where Photography can take you…

Photography is an excellent course if you want to go on to study a degree in such subjects as fine art, graphic design, illustration, 3D design, fashion, photography, marketing and fashion buying and merchandising.

Many people go on to use photography within their chosen field of work – this can range from forensics photography through to commercial studio photography. Other career routes may be geared towards marketing, branding, photographic digitising, compositing and teaching.

Entry requirements…

  • Must meet overall entry criteria for A Level study
  • At least four GCSEs and one GCSE in an Art related subject and a successful portfolio
  • You will be required to present an art portfolio at enrolment

Course Alumni

Shanna Shanks

Studied: Photography, Art and Design and Maths

Next Steps: Studying Photography at Norwich University of the Arts

I love how we are able to experiment with different techniques and really find our own style.”