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PHOTOGRAPHY

A-LEVEL

We’ll help you focus your lens on a successful career.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. On this course you’ll gain the experience to bring words to life through photography, and work with students from other artistic disciplines to express yourself in new and exciting ways.

There’s a tremendous amount of creative freedom on this course. You’ll get to experiment with all genres of photography – from fashion to fine art, wildlife photography to photojournalism.

While we’ll give you themes for inspiration, you’ll have lots of time to develop your own ideas.

We don’t expect you to have significant experience in photography, or working with digital SLRs. You’ll learn the basics to give you the wings – and all the support you need to fly!

On the course you will have the opportunity to learn both traditional film/darkroom skills and digital image manipulations techniques using the huge range of hardware and applications here at Xaverian to support your learning.

You’ll learn your way around a camera, putting its creative controls to full use.

There’ll be a chance to process black and white film, shoot in studio, and through your personal project investigate a topic in depth, examining the work of other photographers.

We’ll work in small groups and through discussions and independent study. You’ll collaborate through online sketchbooks and larger scale developmental work. And there will be lots of chance to head off campus to flex your photographic skills on study trips and working with artists.

As you’d expect from a course that’s highly practical, there’s a lot of coursework. 

This is designed to help you build an expansive portfolio reflecting the immense progress you’ll have made throughout your Photography A-level studies for showcasing to universities and employers.

While this course is predominantly focused on still images, your practical project for Photography A-level may include video and timelapse films. This project includes a written essay of up to 3,000 words – helping you explain your thinking and working processes.

There’s also an assignment for which you have about 10 weeks to prepare. The assignment takes place over 15 hours and is your chance to demonstrate everything you’ve learned during this two-year course.

Much of your study time will be spent shooting images – and editing and manipulating them on our high-spec Macs and PCs powered by industry-standard software. You’ll be using digital SLRs every week – but there will also be plenty of chance for you to do film work with traditional cameras.

You’ll study your passion in Ward Hall – which has been elegantly refurbished to provide the creative inspiration fuelling our Art, Graphic Communication, Photography and Textiles Courses.

You’ll use extensively Ward Hall’s Film and Media suites, and maybe use our cine room to show off your work.

LESSON TIME!

Today’s workshop focuses on Nicholas Kennedy Sitton, celebrated for his twisted architecture photography that’s heavily reliant on modern image manipulation techniques.

Take any landscape image. We’re about to create art with spirals, dissecting a desert horizon.

We’ll be copying multiple layers and applying transformations to create a striking result.

You’ll be learning lots of handy keyboard shortcuts making it quicker to make your masterpiece.

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What’s next?

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Some students go straight into the industry and work in photography studios.

You might choose to specialise in:

  • Photojournalism
  • Fashion photography
  • Food photography
  • Forensic and
  • medical photography
  • Wedding photography.

Photography can lead on to many careers in the art and design industries.

Once you’re bitten by the camera bug you’ll probably want to study Photography at university.

Higher education institutions popular among Photography students include Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths and Camberwell College of Arts in London, Derby and Birmingham City universities, and our city’s own Manchester Metropolitan University – where Xaverian alumnus James Dewhurst says: “Photography teachers are really passionate about the subject. Studying Photography at Xaverian gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to continue at uni.”

My proudest moment would have to be when i got my first A in photography, i had never done an art subject before and didn’t not know what to expect in terms of grading so getting that A was almost a reassurance for me.

Bakhtawar Malik, applying to the University of Leeds (Computer Science).

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