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A Level Photography FAQs
Click! Snap! Photography at Bilborough Sixth Form College, which follows the AQA syllabus, allows you to develop a personal approach to image making. In the first term you’ll learn the basic underpinning theory and practical application of both traditional and digital photography. Later on you’ll apply a wide variety of photographic techniques and approaches including: photography as personal expression, study skills and time management, various genres of photography, and the critical assessment of imagery. Our Photography department is a great place to hone your skills. We’re proud to have two large teaching areas with industry-standard PC suites. The large black & white darkroom has facilities for both wet tray development and dry-to-dry processing of photographic paper.
To study Photography at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade 4 or above in English GCSE, and an enthusiasm for visual imagery and have an inquisitive nature.
Students have access to a wide range of photographic equipment. As it is impossible to cover these items under the general college insurance, the department underwrites the insurance and charges each student a £20 fee to cover the cost; this also allows students free access to film and photographic paper throughout their course. Bursary students are exempt from the charge. Payment can be made during the first half term of the course.
You’re expected to have your own camera by the January of your first year – about four months into your studies. If you’re unsure of what to purchase, we recommend trying out our own cameras first: we currently use Canon 4000D DSLRs, and these will give you a good idea of what you’re comfortable working with.
If you’ve received a bursary, you’re entitled to use our cameras throughout the course, and don’t need to purchase one of your own.
Our links with HE
Photography is accepted by universities and colleges as a discipline which shows wide-ranging ability. You may wish to continue your study of Photography through a Foundation course in Art and Design or progress on to a degree at one of many institutions across the country. Our knowledgeable Photography teachers are always happy to talk to you about the best possible path to your ideal career – whether you want to be a photographer or do something media-related. Whatever your future plans, we hope to inspire in you a life-long love for image making and a sound grasp of the theory behind it.