A Level Digital Photography (Reformed 2015) 

What is Photography?

A Level Digital Photography at MPW offers students the opportunity to explore Photography, Fine Art Photography and Digital Manipulation in a format that encourages and supports students to develop a strong photographic language that they can use to express the world around them.  Experiencing and understanding the work of contemporary and masters of Photography is an essential part of the course.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Students who are interested in studying Digital Photography do not need a GCSE qualification in Art or Photography, but should have a genuine interest in capturing objects and/or moments using a camera.

In addition to learning how to handle and understand the tools a digital camera offers, students will be introduced to editing programs used by professional photographers such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Students will also be encouraged to experiment with modern and conceptual ideas used by exhibiting artists.

The course is suitable for both students who wish to undertake further studies in the field of photography and for those who simply have an interest and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to take the subject beyond A level study.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

The AS year of the course is designed to encourage exploration and experimentation within Digital Photography. Students undertake a series of projects that will allow them to discover their strengths and identify weaknesses in their visual language. At the end of the year, students will evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and decide on which area of Photography they will focus on in their A2 year of the course.

AS Year OCR Photography (H603)

Externally Set Task (02)
80 marks
100% of total AS Level

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Rodrigo Alonso Vitamin Ph Phaidon 
Ian Jeffery The Photography Book  Phaidon 

A Level

With the AS part of the course complete, students are aware of their strengths within Digital Photography and are able to make a choice on which area within art they focus on in their Personal Investigation (60% of total A Level). The Personal Investigation is a portfolio of work that shows a personal response to a starting point that is negotiated between the student and tutor. In addition to this, a 1000 – 3000 word written study that relates to the students practical work and work of relevant photographers is also completed. The final stage of the course is the Externally Set Task (40% of total A Level). Unlike the Personal Investigation, the starting point for this project is set by OCR in the form of an exam paper released on February 1st 2016. The paper offers a number of themes that students can work on. Students have 12-14 weeks to create a body of preparatory work which documents the development of a final idea. Students are given 15 hours to create a final piece of work in exam conditions.

MPW approach to A level study

Personal Investigation (01)
120 marks
60% of total A Level

Externally Set Task (02)
80 marks
40% of total A Level

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Rodrigo Alonso Vitamin Ph Phaidon 
Ian Jeffery The Photography Book  Phaidon