Art & Design – Photography

In the WJEC syllabus specification, areas of study include:

  • photographing people
  • photographing places
  • still-life photography
  • documentary photography
  • photojournalism
  • experimental imagery
  • photographic installation
  • fashion photography
  • digital imaging
  • moving image (video, film, animation).

Students will study many different genres of photography.  There is an opportunity to undertake an independent practical piece of work, in which students are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces.

Learning Outside the Classroom

In Photography, we passionately believe that teaching and learning outside the classroom has a fundamental impact on the progression of our students.  By engaging in both their local community and further afield, students have the opportunity to creatively explore new opportunities, solve problems through critical thinking and use their imagination.

We have a strong relationship with our local community and through our A Level course, we encourage students to explore the facilities and expertise we are lucky to have on our doorstep.  Recent visits and workshops include Oriel Cric Gallery, Crickhowell Archives and Peak.  Peak is an arts organisation that works creatively with professional artists and communities, responding to the rural environment through traditional and digital media.   A Level students are currently working with Peak as part of their Illumine project, a year-long digital training project for young ‘Image Makers’ (16-25 years) in Powys.  Through this partnership they’ve had the privilege of working with practicing artists and organisations, including Green Man Festival, the National Museum of Wales and IKON Gallery in Birmingham.

Our students also venture further afield to Cardiff and Swansea to participate in workshops and to carry out research.

Students visit Swansea College of Art to take part in tours, workshops and seminars. These include visiting the Foundation Art and Design course, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Gallerie Simpson and the workshops and facilities for the degree courses the university have to offer.

Workshops and seminars include how to analyse artworks, the importance of drawing, working in the dark room and life model sculpting.