A Level Photography

Here at Tretherras we offer a wide range of opportunities and experiences for students within Art. We believe it is important to offer a range of processes and techniques for students to explore. Everything from: traditional Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography and Digital Art.

Under-pining our courses and projects is the importance of introducing students to the multitude of influence out there in the world of art today: from historical to contemporary, local to global the world of art is changing and evolving and we want our Art department and our students work to reflect that. “Creativity is intelligence having fun!” Albert Einstein

Year 1 and 2 Topics studied

Year 1 Photography
Unit 1
– Teacher led project- This is divided into small sub projects with the intention of introducing and upskilling students in a range of photographic processes both digital and darkroom. About Cornwall, Pinhole Photography and Photograms. Portrait, Mixed Media and Experimental Processes, Movement. Personal project- You will have the opportunity to develop your own style of work using your own ideas, subject matter and choice of artist inspiration to produce a personal outcome.

Year 2 Photography
Unit 3 – Personal Investigation. This is a self-directed major piece of coursework which gives the students the opportunity to really explore an area within the world of art they are interested in. Includes a 3000 word essay.
Unit 4 – Students work on an exam question provided by the exam board. Students have a 3 month exam preparation period followed by a 15 hour exam.

Assessment details
60% Coursework 40% Exam for both AS and A2

Entry Requirement

  • Students who have taken Art at GCSE should have obtained a strong C grade or above. We expect students to have a good set of GCSE grades including English to cope with the requirements of the course.
  • All students need to produce a small portfolio of work which should include any previous photography they have produced as well as a small project which will be set in the summer before, all this needs to be submitted before a student applies for the course.

Students are to attend 9 lessons a fortnight and attend studio time once a week after school as well as work at home independently to keep up with coursework and exam prep.

Outside of the Classroom
We believe that it is important for Photography students education to take them to see artwork in the context of museums and galleries. Trips to London, St Ives and Dartmoor are a regular part of our calendar. The Dartmoor trip is particularly important as it gives students the chance to visit and see artists working in their studios, previous artists involved have been Peter Randall-Page and Susan Derges.

Reasons to Study this
Photography students at Tretherras are fortunate to have access to a vast range of facilities, we have 3 large traditional Art rooms equipped with every resource under the sun. We have a professional standard Apple Mac suite and Photography classroom running Adobe Creative Suite 6 software. We are equipped with a professional Photography studio as well as a darkroom for traditional film and wet based Photography.

A Level Results

  • A Level Photography-A*-B-63% and 100%A*-C
  • As Photography- A*-B-70% and A*-C-100%

Create Ed is a competition and exhibition based at Falmouth University showcasing a wide range of Art and Design from all the Secondary Schools and colleges in Cornwall. Tretherras had fantastic success picking up 5 Awards in Create Ed 2014.

  • Luke Price won 2nd Prize in the Photography Post 16 category.