A Level - A Levels

Start Date

4th September 2018

Course Duration

2 years


Full time


Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course Overview

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them.

The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it.

This course will introduce you to a wide range of traditional film and darkroom and digital based media, as well as exploring studio and available light techniques. Knowledge of Photography will be developed through research, the development of ideas and working from first-hand experience.

Art and Design Photography students will develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of relevant materials, processes, and ways of conveying ideas, feelings and meanings.


Year 12
Component 1. (Portfolio) At least one extended collection of work, or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue, from initial starting point to a realisation.

Component 2. (Externally set assignment - 10 hours of supervised time) Emphasis on development of ideas. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of five exciting starting points.

Year 13
Component 1. You will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material of 1000-3000 words.

Component 2. (Externally set assignment - 15 hours of supervised time) You will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points.

All Art and Design subjects require students to explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales.

Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art and design photography, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.

Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study including portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography and documentary photography.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Studying an Art and Design Photography related degree at university can give you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

Commercial photographer, Fashion photographer, Filmmaker, Fine art photographer, Forensic photographer, Industrial photographer, Medical photographer, Nature photographer, Photographic Illustrator, Photographic technician, Teacher, Photo journalist, Picture editor, Researcher, Social photographer, Sports photographer.