Photography - AS

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L3 Level 3
Full Time
2 September 2019 — 12 June 2020
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Photography AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student. 

Our aim is to equip you with the ability to take great photographs and explore image-making in a variety of digital media. You will gain insight into the contextual and creative aspects of the subject, alongside the technical elements of image construction, learning how to use digital camera equipment and the manipulation software package Adobe Photoshop to produce portrait, landscape, still life or abstract photographic images. You will also develop skills in picture editing and image analysis.

This subject is ideally suited to those with an interest in photography, film & visual art. It is a great way to enhance a portfolio for entry into Higher Education or for those who would like a practical subject to balance other academic subjects. This course is very enjoyable, but is not an easy option and you must be able to manage your time effectively to take photographs on a regular basis, with successful students shooting consistently in their own time, throughout each project.

Note: You will need to use your own digital camera (Compact £100 - DSLR £400) and will have to get final imagery enlarged at commercial printing labs throughout the course. You may incur extra expenses for educational visits, materials or printing costs.

What you will study

The following units will be studied:

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio (ARTF1)

A general introduction to the area of photography in the arts. It aims to equip you with the ability to take great photographs, use digital cameras and confidently use computer manipulation software to produce lens-based imagery. You will gain insight into the historical and theoretical aspects of the subject, and develop a thorough understanding of composition, style and use of visual language in photography.

Assessment:

Group critique sessions.

Submission of a research workbook and final images.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment

The emphasis of this unit will be the development of visual ideas, based on themes set by the exam board. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques and materials to produce creative and original photographs. All practical work is supported by the production of a research workbook which charts the ways your ideas have developed, shows why you may have chosen specific materials and how each shoot has contributed to your final response. 

Assessment:

This unit incorporates a 5 hour supervised practical assessment.

Group critique sessions.

Submission of a research workbook and final images.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00

Kit/Materials: £0.00

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including English Language and Maths.
  • Interview.

Individual subjects may require higher grades. 
Mature learners without these qualifications may be accepted after an interview with the subject tutor.

Teaching and assessment

Practical assessment and coursework

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
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  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2019

End date

12 June 2020

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week

Location

City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code

ASCC3F16
L3

Qualification

WJEC Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Art and Design
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