Photography (Bryn Celynnog)

Photography: Lens & Light Based Media

Level:                          As and A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 WJEC

Location:                      Bryn Celynnog

The course is intended for students who wish to pursue, extend and develop an understanding of Photography-lens and light based media.  Photography covers an increasingly broad area; from producing a good photograph to experimenting with digital photography and editing techniques.  The photography-lens and light based specification encourages students to experiment with processes and show an understanding of composition through the formal elements of art and design.  Students are required to study, in depth, the work of contemporary and historical practitioners to inform their own practice.  There are opportunities to study various areas including Portraiture, Landscape, still life, Experimental imagery, installation and many more.

AS Module


Coursework Portfolio – (sketchbooks, visual diary, final outcomes).  Students will document meaningful and purposeful lines of enquiry through the exploration of media, techniques and processes.  60% of AS, 30% of A LEVEL


Externally set assignment – The externally set assignment is the culmination of the AS course.  The theme is set by the WJEC and involves several weeks of preparatory work leading to an 8 hour controlled test.  40% of AS, 20% of A LEVEL


A LEVEL Module


Coursework portfolio – (sketchbooks, visual diary, final outcomes).  Students will build upon prior knowledge and identify a new area of study.  Personal investigation must include 1000 words of supporting written communication.  30% of A LEVEL


Externally set assignment – The theme is set by the WJEC and is the culmination of four modules.  Students are allowed several weeks of preparation before sitting a 12 hour controlled test.  20% of A LEVEL

 Requirements for entry to the course.

Students will be accepted following a consultation with staff.  The first term is a probationary period and student progress will be closely monitored.  The course is demanding and requires a high-level of self-discipline, motivation and commitment.  Students will need to manage workloads effectively, particularly when working independently for research purposed.

A sixth form space has been created in the Art Department enabling students to work purposefully during study periods.

Career Opportunities

Students may progress to a one year Foundation Course on the evidence of a sound portfolio of work at interview.  Interviews take place at the start of Year 13.  Following the foundation year students can opt to study at degree level in many of the exciting fields of Photography and lens and light based media, e.g. Photo Journalism, Graphic Design, Advertising, Film based Media design, Animation, Medical photography etc.  The choices are varied and students should consult their teachers for further advice and information.

The A-Level course in Photography and lens and light based media is stimulating and rewarding in its own right, whether or not the student is aiming toward a career in this field.  It is a recognised qualification for entry into Higher Education.

Staff to consult for further information:  Mrs. E. Burke (HOD), Miss S. Nolan.

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