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Studying Photography at Bloxham School

Photography in the Sixth Form

A Level photography is a new course at Bloxham and it is initially split into darkroom and digital photographic techniques. No previous knowledge of either is required. After a period of teacher-led instruction learning the history and basics of camera operation, studio practice, darkroom developing and Photoshop CS3 manipulation, a themed project is set for which a high level of independent thinking and pro-activity is required.

Students are encouraged to explore their own ideas and interpretations whilst also appreciating and analysing other cultures and the work of other artists. Keeping an exciting and up-to-date sketchbook is fundamental to the course and a vital record for assessment. Inspiration is taken from trips to galleries in London and Oxford, location shoots and workshops from visiting artists.

This two year course involves a coursework portfolio representing 60%, and a fifteen hour exam project, which has a six week preparation period and is worth 40%. Students must have access to their own SLR digital camera and a 2GB memory stick. 35mm film cameras can be loaned from the department. There is an individual charge for some specialist materials and A2 colour printing.