Photography And Graphics

Photography And Graphics

Art and Design: Photograph

Why study this course?

The Art, Craft and Design department at Malbank Sixth Form College have an outstanding record of 40% of students achieved an A* or A grade at A2 level in 2013 for Photography. Photography is an exciting and challenging subject, which will help develop and foster creativity. If you love exploring ideas through lens based media, including digital photography and stop motion animation, then this is the course for you. We also encourage students to use creative and innovative ways to present work in an end of year exhibition.

How is the course structured?

AS Photography -Unit One - 50% (80 Marks)

Coursework Portfolio: Students will develop a wide range of photography work based on a given theme that demonstrates a selection of skills and in depth knowledge. The work of photographers will be introduced as inspiration for ideas. Candidates are required to work in one or more area i.e., portraiture, landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment) still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world documentary photography, photo journalism experimental imagery.

AS photography - Unit Two - 50% (80 Marks) 50% (80 Marks)

Externally Set Assignment. Students are asked to select one question from an externally set paper in February. Students will then research and produce preparation material based on the topic. During April/May students will then have a 5 hour supervised examination in which they will have to produce a single piece of art work.

A2: Unit Three: 50% (80 Marks)

Personal Project with a written element. Students will develop a wide range of art, craft and design work based on a chosen theme that demonstrates high level skills and in depth knowledge. One chosen endorsement i.e. painting, graphics or mixed media will be developed to a final outcome to demonstrate evidence of knowledge and skills in context with the work of selected artists, designers and/or craftspeople. Supported with a written research, development and reflection study approximately 1000-3000 words.

A2 Unit Four: 50% (80 Marks)

Externally Set Project (80 Marks) including 15 hours supervised time. A final outcome is expected at the end of this period.  

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum requirement is a C Grade in any Art & Design course or evidence of the equivalent in an accomplished portfolio.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Due to the creative nature of Art & Design many students select similar courses such as Media studies, Performing Arts, Drama, Product Design, ICT. English, History and Humanity subjects also link in well with Art and Design.

What career paths would this course lead to?

A wide range of careers are open to students who study Art & Design, such as: Automotive Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Stage Set Design, Film/TV Set Design, Interior Design, Architect, CAD Artist/Designer.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • The study of artists, photographers, designers and crafts people with history of art
  • Using digital cameras, photo editing software and graphics software
  • Sketching, drawing, painting, using mixed media
  • Development of practical techniques to apply a range of medias
  • Using typography, print, illustration and multimedia ICT

What Extra Opportunities are available?

At Malbank Sixth Form College we are fortunate enough to have a number of specialist studios including sixth form areas where students can continue with project work outside of the normal timetabled lessons. Students have access to ICT and A1 printing in the department to work on specialist graphics and photo editing software. We offer the opportunity to travel to Venice, Italy during October half term break for 4-5 days. For all buddy photographers this is an opportunity to start building up a portfolio of work based on architecture and surrounding landscapes.