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Two Years


GCSE Grade 4 in English with an average points score of 3.2 or above.


This course is assessed by coursework.

About this course

This course is ideal for learners who are interested in a career in Photography or related areas. Students will study a wide range of digital and traditional darkroom processes including studio photography, portraiture, landscape, still life, dark room processing and much more. Students will need to work creatively when developing their own ideas informed by photographers and be reflective when analysing their work and others. There will be opportunities to visit art galleries and other cultural events throughout the year, and extra support is available through revision and twilight sessions. To enrol on this course, learners ideally will have studied an Art based subject and will have a good portfolio containing a variety of work alongside the summer task.

Two John Leggott College Students looking at the camera in the photography studio


Emma Lattimore

Who is this aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Are interested in a career in lens based media. 

  • Are interested in working creatively with 35mm black and white film, digital capture and image editing/manipulation 

  • Are interested in understanding and analysing contemporary images 

  • Wish to take a course where they are assessed entirely by coursework 

  • Would like to gain entry onto a BTEC Foundation Course in Art and Design, which leads on to degree courses in the visual arts and applied design subjects

What will you learn?

  • Unit 1: Art and Design in Context 

  • Unit 20: Exploring Digital Photography 

  • Unit 21: Exploring Film Based Photography 

  • Unit 22: Portrait Photography 

  • Unit 23: Exploring Artists as Photographers 

  • Unit 24: Digital Image Creation 

  • Unit 25: Landscape Photography

What skills will you develop?

  • Creative thinking 

  • Problem solving 

  • Attention to detail 

  • Organisational skills 

  • Presentation skills 

  • Decision making 

  • Team work 

  • Digital design: Photoshop & Illustrator 

  • Observational Recording 

  • Critical Analysis 

  • Contextual Studies

Professional development

  • Art Director 

  • Web Designer 

  • Sculpture 

  • Potter 

  • Art Direction 

  • Jewellery Design 

  • Ceramic Design 

  • Architecture 

  • Fine Art 

  • Art History 

  • Media Commercial Art 

  • Printmaking 

  • Fashion  

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