Photography has an increasingly important role to play in the modern world with many industrial and commercial applications. It is one of the most effective methods of communication and is a powerful medium for the presentation and exchange of ideas, whether in such areas as marketing, advertising or photo-journalism. This, together with its potential as an art form in its own right, and the continued development of new techniques, including electronic imaging, makes it an excellent area for study.
If you are interested in photography, even though you may never have studied it before, and wish to develop your skills through practical hands-on experience, then this course could be for you. Many students find photography a refreshing and challenging area of study that gives you the opportunity to gain a good A Level grade in a subject you enjoy.
The course will emphasise photography as a creative medium and will be taught primarily as a practical subject, although aspects of photographic technology, theory and history will also be covered. In the first year you will learn about the basic techniques, theories and principles of black and white photography and have a basic introduction to the use of digital SLR cameras and instruction on using Adobe Photoshop CC. You will learn to use a wide range of photographic processes and equipment incorporating studio, darkroom and general camera technique, enabling you to create your own photographic imagery in response to the various project themes. You will explore the world of advertising, fashion, photo-journalism, social documentary and many other commercial applications of photography.
During the course we organise trips to visit photographic exhibitions in London, location trips for a day of photography, and a trip abroad. Past trips have been to Italy, Iceland, Morocco, Cuba and Beijing, Vienna and Budapest.