Studying Photography provides the opportunity to acquire new skills and work in Movie, Design, Fashion and many more fascinating and highly creative industries. Photography covers a broad and changing area of study with light-based imagery spanning almost two centuries.
Entry Requirements: It is recommended that students should have studied Art at GCSE and achieved a Grade 5/6 or above (or equivalent).
As with Art and Design, students will need to produce a portfolio of work which supports their Final Piece, the outcome of their studies. There is a written element to the course so students should be prepared to analyse and evaluate their own work, and those of the photographers, designers and artists they study. The exam board places emphasis on basic drawings skills (such as creating small sketches, studies and storyboards to illustrate ideas) which must be demonstrated for all endorsements. Some lessons (studio lessons) will be taught with other Art and Design students, with specific subject lessons for individual endorsements.
In photography lessons, students might engage with early light-based images and rudimentary technology, such as a pinhole camera, as well as the most contemporary, which may include the use of digital cameras, video camcorders, photocopiers, scanners and mobile phones. They may also work exclusively with film-based or digital technology or with both. Outcomes can be screen or print-based, comprise still or moving images and might be discrete to the subject area or combined with other art forms.
Where does it Lead?
Photography degree can lead to various professions such as a photographer, educator, multi-media specialist, stylist, museum curator, visual merchandiser and many more.