36 weeks
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About this course

You will be interested in all things visual and particularly in the use of cameras to produce photographic images. The course will introduce you to both traditional and digital photographic techniques and processes and develop your visual awareness.

Through developing an understanding of visual concepts such as composition, use of perspective and experimenting with the way light and shadow impacts on how we see things, you will start to develop your own visual language.

Furthermore, you will gain an appreciation of the work of other photographers and artists, which might also influence your personal development. You will achieve a technical understanding of using the darkroom, working in a studio situation and of digital image manipulation.

The Photography department at City College is staffed by practising professional photographers and it attracts an eclectic mix of students covering a broad age range. The method of delivery is module-based, with assignments set every term and lively debates and critiques which help students identify the strengths and weaknesses in their work.

The skills that you learn include studio lighting, dark room skills, printing from negatives, scanning from negatives, hand colour printing, digital printing, using medium format 35mm SLR cameras, film cameras, large format cameras plus digital practices such as Photoshop to produce digital prints. Historical and contemporary contextual studies help to underpin the practical work

Courses concentrate not only on assessments but also on portfolios. You will therefore leave the course with a strong body of work to show to universities or employers. The photography end of year show also showcases student excellence to potential employers.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C to include English and an art-related subject. You will be expected to attend a portfolio review interview where you will need to demonstrate 
your suitability for the course.