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GCE A Level


As a course we have a wide range of photographic equipment, however students are expected to have some of their own equipment (film or digital cameras and accessories). It is very useful to have a digital SLR or a digital compact camera of reasonably high quality with manual controls. Phone cameras are of some use but not ideal for many projects. Photography tutors can offer advice at the start of the course regarding which camera models are suitable. 

During the course students will need to purchase a range of photographic materials such as film, paper, a USB memory stick (min 8GB), and a range of materials for presenting their images (pens, pencils, glue sticks, foam board, mount board, presentation boxes etc.) 

Students will need to pay a £35 annual studio fee to cover specialist materials (such as chemicals for film and print development, alternative analogue processes such as cyanotypes and salted paper processes, printing paper and inks, equipment maintenance and a wide variety of paper stock for sketchbooks) supplied by the college, as well as printer credits for the college printers. This can be paid online via SSFC ParentPay. This fee of £35 also covers the cost of a starter pack of basic specialist materials given to each student at the beginning of each year.

There may be additional printing costs dependant on individual student work.

Trips: Optional trips may incur extra costs. (Music, Performance, Media, Film, Photography students went on a trip to New York City in June 2015)

Specific requirements

A list of entry requirements can be found here.

What will I study?

The study of Photography will help you build an understanding of the technical, creative, and analytical skills necessary to the production and dissemination of photographic images. The course aims to develop skills in digital imaging including digital SLR camera techniques, studio lighting, traditional photographic processes and image manipulation. We deliver an initial foray into traditional/analogue photographic methods which are key to understanding photographic practices. Studying the work of historical and contemporary photographers forms a starting point for every project.

Written assignments provide the opportunity to develop critical skills and practical exercises introduce techniques such as camera controls, exposure and composition.

Throughout the course, technical, experimental, and theoretical learning is used to create an individual body of work.

Where does it lead?

Higher/Continuing Education: 
Art Foundation course, Photography degree, Journalism, Media degree, Film degree, Creative Video, Visual Arts.

A provider of creative lens imagery within the photography industry, media developer, art director, production and post-production industries for TV, film and media publishing.