OCR AS Level Art & Design
Lens & Light Based Media (Photography) H203
Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.
This course gives learners the opportunity to expand on and develop different skills, knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of photography. Learners are encouraged to explore their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities to investigate and analyse experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills. Resulting in aesthetic understanding and critical judgement of photography and art with increased independence, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes.
- Learners should be able to explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of photographic media.
- Learners should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to traditional and/or digital photography. Learners may use traditional methods such as photographic film and/or digital techniques to produce images.
- Learners in Photography are expected to demonstrate specialisation in particular media or processes to allow an appropriate depth of study. This can be achieved by working toward the extension and development of particular themes, ideas or issues.
- An important focus is on learners recording through using lens-based or other appropriate media.
- Drawing skills should be understood and developed as appropriate to the ways of recording and communicating intentions, ideas and emotions in the context of Photography.
Areas of Study
Learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. Combinations of these areas are also possible:
• landscape photography
• commercial photography
• still-life photography
• documentary photography
• experimental imagery
• editorial photography
• photographic installation
• the photographic process
• moving image
The following are some of the techniques available to learners in Photography: traditional darkroom technology, printing and developing films; digital technology; the use of camera equipment and lenses; lighting and exposure techniques; moving image and anima on; alternative art-based printing such as screen printing; alternative chemical print processes such as liquid emulsion, toning and types of paper.
• Applying and using composition in Photography
• Understanding and application of scale appropriate to the chosen work
and direction relevant to learners’ intentions
• Understanding and applying formal elements such as colour, tone, texture, shape and form in relation to Photography
• Selecting, editing and highlighting photographic images
• Using appropriate visual language and terminology within Photography
• Manipulating imagery
• Understanding and using relevant conventions and genres in Photography.
Through a set of practical and theoretical workshops, candidates will accumulate the knowledge and advanced skills of the photographic process in all of it's forms.
Externally set task
The early release paper will be issued on 2 January each year and will provide learners with five
themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points and stimuli.
A response should be based on one of these options.
Externally set task
10 hours Controlled Assessment
(internally assessed and externally moderated)
of total AS Level
Exam Board Information
Progression and Career Opportunities
You could progress to a A2 Level, diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design, a Foundation Degree, higher national diploma or Honours Degree. You could find employment in one of a number of arts-based and creative fields or you could work as a freelance or corporate photographer. You could work in publishing or in production, as well as in fashion as a stylist, or in the film industry.