YASMIN JONES | SIXTH FORM STUDENT
I chose to study A level photography due to my interest in the creative industries and the fact that I prefer coursework to exams. In A level photography, I experimented with alternative photographic techniques such as cyanotype and anthotype and created a research project where I focussed on using different materials to create photographs whilst exploring the history of photography. This part of the coursework showed me a different side to photography and allowed me to continue exploring non-traditional techniques when I studied for my BA(Hons) in photography at Birmingham City University. Having received a first-class degree in this subject where I used coding as an alternative method of photography, I then went on to complete my MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths. In both of these degrees, I applied the skills I learnt at CWLC especially the ability to complete multiple projects to a deadline and write fluently about my work and the work of others. Both academic and creative research is something that I was first introduced to during my A level photography course and have contributed to my personal confidence and academic success. I now work at the V&A Museum in London.
WHY CHOOSE A-LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHY?
Studying photography will enable you to develop skills in creating dynamic compositions. You will learn to use DSLR cameras and how to control light to create exciting effects. Students can also experiment with more traditional photographic techniques such as 35mm film and creating light sensitive papers. You will also explore moving image. Students will learn to create personal and meaningful visual imagery. Students master editing skills through Photoshop and delve deep into the work of professional photographers. Through problem solving, developing skills in research and investigation and critically analysing the work of others and your own practice, you will develop important transferable skills required for higher education and employment. As a 60% coursework subject you will be able to modify and refine portfolio work as you become more confident in your abilities.
WHY STUDY A-LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHY AT CWLC?
Students achieve 100% grade A –C through individualised learning delivered by caring, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. We provide students with an inspiring working environment and photographic equipment. Staff are always accessible to give you the support you need. Opportunities are provided to see exhibitions, meet practising artists and listen to visiting speakers. Staff are on hand to support you with portfolios for higher education courses.
WHAT COULD YOU DO NEXT?
Students from CWLC who have studied photography have gone onto study degree courses in Fine Art Photography, Commercial Photography, Fashion Photography, Film Production, and Computation Arts at universities such as Falmouth, BCU, Goldsmiths, Arts University Bournemouth, University of South Wales, University of Salford.
Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form,
Phone: 01905 423906