A Level Art & Design (Photography)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in Art and Design
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


You will need to be committed to an intensive course of study and prepared to devote a lot of time to the production of high-quality work. This course can be taken alongside an A Level in Art, Craft & Design. You will explore a broad range of processes and techniques, learning new skills in our fully equipped, state of-the-art digital photo studio as well as the traditional darkroom.

We have some incredible lighting and cameras, including digital medium format. You will begin by following a detailed introductory programme designed to teach you all the essentials you will need to unleash your creativity. You will also gain awareness of the work of many other photographers, artists and designers. All of our digital files are processed using industry-standard software and hardware – you’ll be amazed how great your photographs will look!


Once you have gained a solid, technical grounding you will start to explore areas such as:

  • Portraiture
  • Still life and product photography 
  • Documentary photography and photojournalism
  • Experimental imagery
  • Multimedia and photographic installations
  • Moving image (video, film, animation)

You will learn about the visual elements photographers use in their work and consider the creative power of lens-based imagery. Challenges will require you to respond to issues in a very personal way. At all times you will be developing a deep understanding of cameras, lenses, lighting equipment and exposure techniques.

How will it be delivered?

40% Awarding Body, 60% College

Entry requirements

In addition to the minimum A Level requirements - 4 GCSEs at Grade 5, plus English at Grade 4 - you will usually be expected to have a GCSE at Grade 5 or above in Art & Design or Photography. If this is not the case, you can still arrange for an interview where you can showcase a portfolio of your artwork. If you have not achieved a grade 4 in Mathematics, you will be required to continue studying this alongside your course.

Your next steps...

Many of our students progress on to the Higher National Diploma in Art & Design at Selby College to take their photographic skills even further and reach a professional standard of work, or alternatively apply for courses at university.

Potential Careers

  • Photographer
  • Graphic designer
  • Director of photography
  • Press photographer
  • Photographic stylist
  • Advertising art director