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I'm 16 and sitting my GCSEs in May this Year.

After my interview today I'm stuck on what to take at A Level, I won't bore you with the details.

My main concern is that, I'm an automotive photographer and want to take A Level Photography, but I've read the specification and I'm still unsure exactly what constitutes the course...

Can anyone who has done A Level Photography tell me what it contains...

What does the Photography course contain? It’s not clear online wether it’s digital or film based, or wether I can do automotive photography as my main focus (As thats what I specialise in). Do you photograph what you want or are there set tasks to complete?

What do you have to submit for Photography? Do you have to do drawings as well as photos or can I just submit a portfolio of photos?

I dont want to take photography and end of taking pictures on film cameras of subjects that don't interest me...

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Marcus
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(Original post by mgilbey)
I'm 16 and sitting my GCSEs in May this Year.

After my interview today I'm stuck on what to take at A Level, I won't bore you with the details.

My main concern is that, I'm an automotive photographer and want to take A Level Photography, but I've read the specification and I'm still unsure exactly what constitutes the course...

Can anyone who has done A Level Photography tell me what it contains...

What does the Photography course contain? It’s not clear online wether it’s digital or film based, or wether I can do automotive photography as my main focus (As thats what I specialise in). Do you photograph what you want or are there set tasks to complete?

What do you have to submit for Photography? Do you have to do drawings as well as photos or can I just submit a portfolio of photos?

I dont want to take photography and end of taking pictures on film cameras of subjects that don't interest me...

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Regards
Marcus
Hopefully someone who has done the A level will be able to give you some more insight but just in general - if you carry on tyaking photos of the same subjects in the same ways then you're unlikely to get much better. Creative subjects like photography need a bit of experimentation and exploration to push your boundaries a bit and improve.

If you're just wanting an easy A level that uses the sort of photographs you would be taking anyway then it's likely photography isn't for you. If you want something that is going to challenge you to improve and look wider then your core current photography will also improve as a byproduct of that exploration and expansion.
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I do photography A-level and there aren't really any strict rules on what kind of photography you can and can't do as long as it relates to the exam title.In my case,at the beginning of the course we were introduced to photography and did all of the basic different aspects of photography so there were definitely more specific tasks set to get more familiarised with the subject.Now I am currently doing the exam title so you are free to do anything which relates to that exam title whether it is digital or film.They probably will push you to vary your styles of photography so you have a good range of different kinds of photos.Also you probably know this but you will have to use inspiration from another photographer,do a research on them and then take photos in their style so there is some structure but all in all most of it is up to your ideas and what you want to do.Baring in mind this is my experience with it,it may be more strict or different based on the teacher you have and the exam board(I'm on aqa).I hope that helped in some way
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By automotive you mean like cars and other vehicles right?

Well in the AS year you do get a bit of freedom but generally the teacher gives you a task, such as 'composition' and you have to go out and take interesting photos which fulfill the criteria, and generally you have to take interesting and creative photos. There is not normal a specific subject that you have to shoot, unless it's portraiture or landscape. But in the exam you get so much freedom because even if automotive photography doesn't directly link in with the theme it doesn't matter, often the themes are very general and you can link anything to them, my current exam title is 'structure' so I could literally photograph any thing I would want ! A few other example of titles are: relationships, past-present-future, freedom
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To do A level photography did you have to do it as a GCSE? Or is it possible to just pick up on it at A level?
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I'm in the second year of A level photography- A2. and i would say that the best thing about it is that you can follow your style, the only trick is to closely follow the mark scheme to know how to get the marks.

The beginning of AS photography is generally about the basics of photography and experimenting with different techniques to build up your coursework portfolio, but the exam is where you get to experiment with your own style. The only 'catch' really is to closely follow the mark scheme, look at the different marking points and apply that to your work. This includes basic things like reviewing and refining, so annotating and analysing your work, and then retake your photos to improve using other resources (photographers, artists, designers).
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This may not really help but I'm going through a similar thing I'm in year 9 and I'm considering to take nature photography when I'm older but it is work hard to make sure you have a business and everything but keep on searching for more answers and doing the exact same thing now!!!
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