Photography will enable you to develop your practical and creative abilities as fully as possible whilst encouraging a critical appreciation of existing photographers’ work and technical skills. You will develop your own ideas through the skill of photography and post-production using image editing software. You will be encouraged to take inspiration from a wide range of sources to develop and create work that is both technically proficient and individual. The creative industries in Britain employ one and a half million people, generating sixty billion pounds each year.
Students follow a taught course where they explore viewpoints and composition whilst developing an understanding of technical elements such as lighting, aperture, shutter speed, and editing skills.

Students will also explore specific themes:
  • Light Investigation
  • Art Historical Project
  • Still Life Photography
  • Abstraction
  • Modernism
  • Portraiture
The use of a digital portfolio will record student’s influences and progression throughout this stage, while hand editing and more experimental practices will also be explored. There is an emphasis on building skills, using the work of others to inspire their own practice, experimentation, and refining ideas, therefore improving their understanding of how to develop their work in a personal way.
Students will be encouraged to recognise and develop their own strengths and interests in the subject and identify and sustain their own lines of inquiry. Students are expected to be self-motivated in order to demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding within the subject. The personal investigation requires students to develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or series of finished outcomes. The practical elements should make connections with the work of other artists, designers, craftspeople or photographers and include a piece of written work.
Students have a set amount of time to prepare for a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes based upon a starting point issued by the examination board. The exam consists of a 15-hour period of supervised time where students produce the finished outcome.
Photography is suited to further courses or employment where ‘what we see matters’. Many students have furthered their studies through a foundation course, usually at Leeds Arts University or Bradford College of Art & Design which has provided excellent preparation for further study or employment. Former students are now working in Fashion, Textiles, Architecture, and Animation.