What's Photography A-Level like?Watch
As far as I am aware, it won't be a downfall but the amount of time you need could be a shock.
I was thinking of swapping one of my A-Levels for photography, can anyone in year 13 or who's completed the course tell me what it's like? I didn't do any of the arts for GCSE, will this be a downfall? The exam board is AQA btw. Thanks
Not doing art at GCSE is absolutely fine, in a way they are not massively related.
In the course there are lots of individual projects that the school will pick for you and you have to go and investigate them, then come up with a final piece. At the end of year 12 I had a 5 hour exam where I had to create a final piece, and at the end of year 13 it was either 10 or 15 hours (I can't quite remember!)
I think it would be important that photography is something you already enjoy, otherwise the course could drag on a bit and it might start to get frustrating as a lot of spare time is taken up by doing photography work.
Overall I am so pleased I took photography, I am able to appreciate famous photographers a lot more now and understanding the concept of photography has helped me to appreciate the meanings behind photography - for example, when I see a photograph now, it's not just a pretty picture, there are so many reasons as to why it was taken, what it represents, what is trying to be portrayed, etc.
The majority of my work had to be laid out on A1 mountboard, so be prepared to buy a LOT of this if that's the method your school uses!
If you have any more questions feel free to message me. Hopefully this helps!