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Digital Photography

What is Digital Photography?

Digital Photography is a way of visually recording, documenting and presenting both the ordinary and extraordinary. It is explored as an art, but also as a practice in many different forms. 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?

Over the course of two years students will complete four units of coursework. The first unit of each year will be an exploratory unit where students will extend their photographic ability and techniques, digital editing skills, using state-of-the-art software, creative sketchbook development, mixed media techniques and evidence of a high level of critical understanding.

The second unit of each year will be a themed body of coursework set by the exam board. The research, development and experimentation during this time will lead to a timed examination at the end of the year in response to the theme. The department promotes individual creativity in a supportive and diverse environment. Whilst studying, you will be given advice regarding valuable work experience, which is often an attractive attribute to university admissions and future employers.

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, Cinematography, Fashion, Marketing and Visual Communication.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade B in GCSE Art or Photography. 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.

Course Type

A Level


Exam: 50%          Coursework: 50%

Interesting Fact

For the last 4 years, students have won the College Prize in the Digital Category of the Harman Technology Photography competition, with students also making it through to the final judging panel each year.

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