A-level Photography

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

This course will help you to develop your ability to produce visually and technically competent collections of photographs, study the relationship between art and photography, enjoy looking at and discussing photographic work, communicate your ideas visually, and engage with practical project-based photography.


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Ideal if:

You are interested in developing your ability to produce visually and technically competent collections of photographs based on specific themes.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:
- Camera obscura and pre-history of photography
- Early photographic processes
- Analysis and criticism of significant photographic works
- Visual language and self-portrait exercise
- The world around you
- Photographic lighting and camera formats
- Fashion photography
- Photojournalism and war photography
- Digital technologies
- Urban and rural environments


Small group sizes, outstanding staff and close tutorial support.

You’ll love:

At the end of the course you will have developed a strong ability to communicate your ideas through the medium and have developed a sense of visual literacy that allows you to appreciate the language of photography, painting and film.


You’ll go on to:

Entry to Higher Education photographic courses is contingent on a strong portfolio of work and this course will provide you with the opportunity to prepare a portfolio for application to HE institutions.


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A-level Photography

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years

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