This course is for those with an artistic eye who want to progress within the photography industry.
Photography is part of the Art & Design portfolio at Amersham Campus. The area has achieved outstanding status five times and has always been positively recognised as a key player in the creative industries among its peers.
The course will stretch and challenge you by providing an opportunity to engage in projects that encourage creativity, investigation, analysis and experimentation as a means of developing technical and expressive skills.
What will I learn?
Motivating assignments permit you to explore their creative potential with a range of traditional silver based methods and contemporary digital practices.
A range of studio, darkroom and computer aided design techniques are on offer to stretch and challenge individual learners. This course has been designed to accommodate a variety of educational learning styles with the focus on both vocational and academic practice.
You will be encouraged to work in an environment linked to current industry practice and will have the opportunity to attend educational visits, meet with visiting lecturers and study professional practices.
- The Creative Process
- Developing Creative Practice
- Responding to a Set Brief
How will I be assessed?
Continuous assessment through practical work, assignments and project led exercises with a final major project in the final term.
To join this course, you will need four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English and Maths OR a relevant Level 2 qualification with a grade 4 (C) in English and Maths.
You should be able to demonstrate an interest in the subject. Entry is also subject to an interview, basic skills screening and initial assessment.
A portfolio may also be required, this might include: sketchbooks, school project work or art work you have completed in your own time.
Progression & Career Opportunities
In previous years, students on this pathway have gone on to have a career as a photographer working in industries such as studio photography, fashion, marketing and advertising. This course has a 94% success rate, which is above the National Average for students doing this type of course, and last year a high percentage of students went on to work in the photographic industry and study photography at Higher Education level at some of the top Universities in the country.
Many students go on to have a career as a Graphic Designer in industries such as publishing, marketing and advertising, illustration, packaging and product design.
Areas on interest include: Pinhole Photography, Fashion, Hair & Media Make-up Photography (working with internal clients), Taking the perfect picture, Photographing Products and Food, Videoing for Social Media, Looking at Culture and Sub Cultures, Iconography
After you complete your application, you will be invited to interview to present some of your existing work; this might include sketchbooks, school project work or art work you have completed in your own time.
Students can progress into higher education on a related course, or go straight into industry, by, for example starting their own business.