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Digital Photography A-Level

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What is Digital Photography A-Level?

The Digital Photography A-Level is a way of visually recording, documenting and presenting both the ordinary and extraordinary. It is often considered an art form, an aspect of self-expressionism, a journalistic process or even an aspect of visual culture. This is a practical subject, combined with in-depth photographic theory and art history.

What Will You Study?

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  • The Exposure Triangle
  • Colour & Light in Photography
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop)
  • Abstract, Minimalist & Still Life Photography
  • Documentary & Landscape Photography
  • Portrait & Fashion Photography & Magazine Design
  • Fine Art & Narrative Photography
  • Professional Photographic Book Making & Binding
  • Hand Rendered & Digital Techniques
  • Mixed Media & Creative Exploration
  • Animation & Moving Image
  • Exploration of Analogue Photography
  • Live Competition Briefs

What Next?

Many of our students progress onto university to study degrees within a variety of fields including; Photography, Art & Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Animation, Film, Journalism, Advertising, Graphics, Branding, Cinematography, Fashion, Marketing, Visual Communication and Architecture. Equally, students move onto apprenticeships or employment in the creative industry.

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Entry Requirements

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in any GCSE Art subject, as listed below (NOT Graphic Products). If you have not taken GCSE Art, we will send out a mini-portfolio task for you to complete after you have finished all of your GCSEs in June.

For entry onto Digital Photography we accept a Grade 5 in the following subjects:

  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Fine Art
  • GCSE Art and Design
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Graphics
  • GCSE Textiles
  • Distinction in BTEC Art
  • Distinction in BTEC Art & Design

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Film Studies, Media Studies, English and Graphic Communications.

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