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Mr K Hamilton BA PGCE

Mrs J Beattie BA PGCE

WHY STUDY

Studying A-Level Photography at Carrickfergus Grammar School helps to develop creative ability, visual communication and it can play a crucial role in everyday life…helping to shape our opinions about ourselves, and about the world around us.

We help to develop the many skills that a modern photographer needs to possess in order to be successful in a related career.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The AS Level course is one that will particularly suit those pupils who have completed a GCSE Art course. But not essential.

Coursework
Coursework One - This area of study builds up the pupils technical awareness of the subject in a number of key areas, the use of the camera, lighting and studio practice and the use of computer software. Each unit will have a distinct goal, giving each pupil the opportunity to display their own creative response and understanding of the subject area.
Linked together within a core theme. September - January.

Externally Set Project -
Interpretation of a theme or response to a problem set by the examination body. Each pupil is given a six week period to prepare for the exam researching, developing ideas and organising a final outcome to be completed within 8 hours.
The research to be completed by mid March and the final outcome by the beginning of April.

The Exhibition - You will exhibit both projects from May onwards.

A2 Level photography - builds and develops the technical and visual skills from AS Level

Coursework
Coursework Two - The project is set to allow each pupil their strengths and build on the technical expertise gained from their AS Year. All pupils will work to the same theme, 'Reviewing the old' which involves investigation of older 19th century photographic techniques and applying a modern contexts and methods.

Externally Set Project -
Interpretation of a theme or response to a problem set by the examination body. Each pupil is given a 12 week period to prepare for the exam researching, developing ideas and organising a final outcome to be completed within 12 hours.

The research to be completed by mid March and the final outcome by the beginning of the Easter term.

Careers Options
Photography as an A level is an excellent subject to study for any pupil considering a career in any visual art course; it helps in the building of a wide and varied portfolio.

Photography A level is a stepping stone to a variety of different careers within the creative arts sector. We are fortunate in Northern Ireland that we have a expanding media and film industry a level photography can provide the introduction to these areas.

Photography can help in all area of media, advertising and journalism. Commerical photographer, portrait photographer, wedding photographer.

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