Course Information.


About the Department


At ASFC we have an outstanding art department that offers a wide range of specialist Art and Design A level courses, including Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, 3-D Design and Textiles, we also offer a foundation course in Art and Design, ideal for any students considering a career within the Art and Design. In August 2017 we will be running a range of BTEC Art and Design courses, (more information about these will be available at our upcoming opening evenings). These courses are taught by subject specialists and allow students to develop work in their own area of interest. Many students thinking of a creative career often work across two or three of these specialisms as they develop their ideas and creative identity. Many students go on to Art and Design related courses post-18 including ASFC's Foundation course, as well as direct entry onto degree courses such as Fine Art, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Graphics and Advertising, Photography, 3D, Multimedia, Architecture, Product Design, and Illustration.




Photography course Information

Name: A Level Photography 
Exam Board:  EDUQAS 
Pass Rate: 100% 
Assessment:  100% Coursework 
Entry Requirements:  Minimum 5 GCSEs Grade A*-C Grade C GCSE English Language GCSE/BTEC Art preferred but not essential.

Student comments

"The course is even better than i originally thought as we do more than just drawing, painting and photography."

"I have more creative freedom and able to explore my own and new ideas."

"The course gives an in-depth look at art in all its forms, helping expand my knowledge of various artistic techniques and also some history of art."

Information about the course


Photography is far more than just taking photographs. It includes using a variety of film and digital cameras, Location and studio photography, Photoshop skills, mixed media work and mixed media. This specialist course is about personal development of you as an photographer. 

The creative industries are a growth area in society today, and by choosing to become a part of this course, you can be at the forefront of innovation. 


 Year 1

AS level Photography is made up of one unit of coursework, which is broken down into two projects. The first is a skill based project based, exploring the photography skills and techniques. The second, is where you start to explore your own themes and media based on your own personal interests and strengths within the subject.


ART1: Personal Creative Enquiry

·         100% of the linear AS grade (does not count towards A2 grade)
·         Internally set and marked.
·         Externally moderated.
·         Work required: sketchbooks and final piece


The Personal Creative Enquiry is designed to introduce you to a range of different processes, techniques and materials as well as challenging your idea of what Photography is. You will be given the opportunity to experiment within a range of specialist areas. Class debates and independent research will introduce you to a range of contemporary and historical photographers, artists and film makers. You will also have the opportunity to attend regular trips and visits, these have included: Stamford park, Light trail workshops, MMU degree show, Walker gallery, Tate Liverpool and The Whitworth Art Gallery.



Year 2
The emphasis of Year 2 is on independent study and the development of your own personal work.


ART2: Personal Investigation

·         60% of the full A Level
·         Internally set and marked
·         Externally moderated
·         Work required: sketchbooks, coursework, final piece/s and a 2,000 word personal study

The Personal Investigation aims to give you the opportunity to pursue your own creative ideas and personal interests relating to a photographic theme of your choice. You will build on the work and skills developed throughout the first year. Working independently you will discover your own photographers, undertake specialist gallery visits and develop your practical skills and knowledge in your chosen area of study. This will take the form of a written piece of work that will run alongside your practical explorations and final pieces.


ART3: Externally Set Assignment


·         40% of the full A Level
·         Externally set
·         Internally marked
·         Externally moderated
·         Work required: sketchbooks and a 15 hour exam piece

The Externally Set Assignment is a smaller body of work than the Personal Investigation and will take the form of a series of key words/phrases as starting-points. Past exam themes have included; closely observed, going home and it’s in the details.
By this stage of the course, you will have developed your own personal creative style s this is an opportunity for you to produce a body of work that not only means something to you but demonstrates fully your understanding of the processes and practices of art. You will have a preparatory period of around 10 weeks, for you to work though the creative process, researching artists’ work, generating ideas and developing work. This will culminate in a final piece being produced in 15 hours under exam conditions.

End of course exhibition

The exhibition is an opportunity for you to show friends and family your creative journey over the last two years with a body of work selected and curated by you. This is always a fantastic end to the year and is the perfect way to celebrate our students' achievements.


2016 Moderator comments

"Candidates had experienced a range of exhibitions and visits, such as
Stanford Park, that reliably informed and influenced submissions,

especially in exploring the 'Hidden Corners' topic."

"...there was a clear range of ideas and personal outcomes... evidence of rigorous, thoughtful and mature final outcomes."



Further information

Email: sp@asfc.ac.uk           Susanna Smith-Teacher of Photography.
Website: http://www.asfc.ac.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asfcfineart/ (search asfcfineart)

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