On this course, we take students on a creative journey, teaching everything from the technical aspects of shooting and applications of photography to the various genres, styles and traditions of the art form. We also work closely with students to help them develop their own personal flair. This course requires students to work in one or more areas of photography including portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography and photojournalism. Students will be introduced to a range of photographic media, techniques and processes including using traditional methods, such as shooting on film and printing in the dark room, and digital techniques, which involve working with digital cameras and software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.We want students to be ambitious, inventive, motivated and above all creative. The course is mostly practical, supported by contextual enquiry to broaden students’ knowledge base and understanding. It is split into two elements, Personal Investigation (which involves the development of a personalised portfolio and related outcomes supported by a short, written essay) and Externally Set Assignment (which involves the development of ideas from initial research which are then refined into final outcomes based on a set theme). The Personal Investigation element is worth 60% of the overall grade and the Externally Set Assignment the remaining 40%.The first year focuses on building knowledge, understanding and practical skills through working on teacher set themes and mini assignment briefs. The second year becomes more focused on each student’s personal creative journey and the development of their personal ideas.All work is externally moderated to ensure fairness of assessment and that national standards are maintained.You can follow us on:Instagram: @pendletonschoolofcreativeartsTwitter: @creativeartspen
Students will need a minimum of three grade 4s and three grade 5s at GCSE including a grade 5 in GCSE English and preferably a GCSE (or equivalent) in a creative subject. For applicants without a previous qualification in art and design, they would need to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject through a creative portfolio. Additional Information: We will consider 1 BTEC qualification in place of a GCSE as long as a grade 5 is achieved in English.
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Photography (A-Level) (Level 3)
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