Photography A-level at Aquinas is an exciting subject that en-courages students to be creative and show a more personal understanding of the skills and techniques used in the field of photography, following the AQA Art and Design specification. The aim of this course is to introduce students to a broad based learning experience across photography, responding to a range of ideas and themes. This is a 2 year course which encourages creative thinking and artistic understanding, along with the tech-niques and processes of photography.

  • Course Outline
    • During Year One you will be made aware of both the traditional and modern technologies photography has to offer and introduced to a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will explore relevant images and resources of art, craft and design which will be integral to the investigating and making processes through practical work, responding to a variety of themes, supported with sketchbooks, journals or workbooks. In year two, students are expected to work more independently, developing work over a longer period of time, showing a higher level of personal interpretation and working on developing ideas more in-depth. You will research into the work of artists, crafts people and designers to develop your own knowledge and understanding of photography. You will show a more thorough understanding of the skills explored in Year 1 and how your work is supported by historical and contemporary issues and how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental cultural, ethical contexts, relating to time and place, relevant to Photography. You should also show a more in-depth knowledge of the working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to Photography.

  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Studying A-level Photography at Aquinas College can lead to a wide variety of courses at university. Students could apply for an Art and Design Foundation course before applying to University, many of our Art and Design students have gained places on the MMU Foundation Course or the Stockport Foundation Course. Many Art and Design related degree courses expect students to have an Art Foundation Course after studying A-level.
      Students who have completed the Art and Design Foundation course after studying Art and Design at Aquinas College have progressed onto courses at Chelsea School of Art, Camberwell School of Art, Central St. Martin’s, Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Metropolitan University.
      However, some students have been successful in applying directly to top institutes from Art and Design courses for example: Cambridge to study Architecture, Huddersfield University to study Textiles and Nottingham Trent to study Decorative Arts.
      There are also students who have studied A-level Art and Design , alongside other subjects and choose to follow a different subject on to higher education, gaining degrees in Art History, Primary Education, Event Management or Journalism, amongst other courses.

  • Trips
    • During the first year students will visit Manchester and Liverpool galleries and Media City, Salford, to inspire ideas for projects.
      As part of the Photography careers enrichment students will have the opportunity to go to the Design your Future Fair in November, and visit Art foundation and degree shows in June to see further study and courses that are available. During the second year students have the opportunity to visit galleries in London, including the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery, amongst others.

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Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2017 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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