If you are attracted by the creativity and expressive aspects of photography then this course is for you. With the chance to learn digital photography techniques in our dedicated studio, you will be able to create a portfolio of stunning images.


What will I study?

This is an exciting, stimulating subject that encourages creative self-expression. Photography at Sir John Deane’s is about students and tutors working together in a supportive and dynamic atmosphere.

You will learn about different technical aspects of photography including lighting, depth of field, lenses, and instruction in Photoshop. You will be expected to learn how to present your images using a variety of sources for inspiration including the environment, still life and figure/portrait. You will focus on digital photography and manipulation rather than traditional darkroom practice and wet media. Digital portfolios are created using PowerPoint presentations combined with a full set of Inkjet prints for all final work.

Students will have access to PCs with Photoshop and there are a selection of DSLR cameras, lenses and tripods which we loan out. We do rely on students generally having their own kit to back this up.

Co-curricular activities?

Students are taken to galleries in the area as well as on location days. Study trips abroad are also offered and in recent years students have visited Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and New York.

Some students have worked with local businesses and organisation, such as the Weaver Hall Museum. Our photographers are also regularly given the opportunity to record student at the College. You will also be encouraged to actively seek your own venues and locations for image making.

Visiting professional photographers are often used to inspire slideshow talks.

Where might it lead?

A proportion of our students go on to study Photography as a degree subject or a related area such as film and media. Others will use the A level to apply for a foundation course in general Art and Design.  Photography careers include photo-journalism, fine art photography, wedding and occasions, forensics and medical, marine and sport as well as industrial and editorial. Photography is also a valued A level for access to a huge variety of other creative industries, including fashion, 3D design and interior design to name a few.