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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code PHO-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4+ or above, including English Language and an Art and Design subject. Those who have not studied a GCSE Art and Design subject should be able to demonstrate their interest in the subject through a printed photographic portfolio of 16-20 images.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will develop skills in digital and analogue imaging including camera techniques, studio/location lighting, darkroom photographic processes and image manipulation. Written assignments provide the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary photographic practices whilst developing critical, theoretical and practical skills through an individual body of work.

    Year 1

    A series of assignments will introduce the technical, critical, and creative skills necessary. Visual literacy is developed through contextual analysis of images and the formal elements of composition. Set exercises build skills in key areas such as camera exposure, framing, depth of field, lens focal length and creative lighting as well as the manipulation of images using Adobe Photoshop and traditional photographic processes.

    Year 2

    • Component 1 – Self-initiated Brief. You will write a personal area of investigation under supervision. Exploratory work is undertaken and images are generated through theoretical and practical approaches toward a final body of images. Work demonstrates extensive development of research skills, ideas and experimentation through a variety of visual communication methods and media. This unit includes a written, analytical, contextual element.
    • Component 2 – Coursework and Exam Period. Choose one title from a selection of project briefs set by the exam board. This major project encompasses elements of research, analysis and practical development over a period of ten weeks. After the initial period of research to develop your ideas, a 15 hour exam period will follow to produce a finished outcome. Emphasis is placed on experimentation and development of ideas.
  • Additional Notes

    Progression includes Art Foundation course or degrees in Photography, Journalism, Media, Film, Creative Video, Visual Arts. Employment e.g. Media Developer, Art Director, Production Industries for TV, Film and Media Publishing.

  • Further Information

    You will have the opportunity to attend “Create Your Future” a UCAS Convention in Manchester, to find out about all creative courses in the UK. There are other opportunities such as an annual trips to Rome and New York.A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4+ or above, including English Language and an Art and Design subject.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email: