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Photography (Level 3)

Key course information

Photography and Graphics


2 years

Full Time

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Course Overview

Photography is one of the specialist pathways on a Level 3 Art, Design and Communication: Creative Practice. You will have access to well-equipped darkroom facilities and specialist traditional and digital photography equipment to develop your skills and processes. For students who prefer digital lens-based activities, the Level 3 Creative Media Diploma is also an option. Creative practitioners are people who are curious about the world, take a creative and reflective approach in their work, develop and learn by constantly trying out new ideas and solutions, create independent work and develop a deep knowledge of and confidence in their subject area. This course will enable you to apply for a Photography degree course or apply your skills in the creative industries.

What will I learn?

The course concentrates on the creative process and development of individual responses through research, skills development, ideas generation and production, with the emphasis on developing your individual interests and creative ability in photography. It aims to challenge you through exciting briefs and live project opportunities. Practical sessions complemented by supporting theory will further extend your knowledge and provide relevant understanding of the contemporary creative industries. You will be taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers who are themselves creative practitioners with relevant professional experience, supported by technicians working in industry standard studios and workshops.

Entry Requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
• A recent portfolio of work
• A good reference
• A satisfactory interview

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Our Level 3 Diplomas cover the core skills necessary to develop your creative practice. The creative industries encompass a huge diversity of roles, recruiting adaptable, innovative and entrepreneurial people who are skilled in both traditional and digital skills, motivated and collaborative in their approach. You will learn these transferable skills through exploring creative approaches to:

• Traditional darkroom photography processes
• Digital photography and photo manipulation
• Idea generation and project development
• Application of research and contextual studies
• Mixed media working in 2D and 3D workshops
• Work Experience and ‘Live’ design projects

You will be mainly assessed through coursework with an end project culminating in an exhibition. Progression is a key part of the Extended Diploma, and this course will emphasise personal ambition, directed self-study and individual goals, preparing you for applications to employment, apprenticeships, further and higher education.
This qualification will provide you with opportunities to become a versatile and employable individual in the creative industries. Our Creative department has an excellent record of progression and past students have successfully gained places on a wide variety of prestigious degree courses and then gained employment as graphic and multimedia designers, illustrators, advertisers, stylists, photographers, fine artists and curators.

Additional Costs and Information

At the start of the year you will be shown how to use the online shop, where you can pay the studio fee of £100. This will provide access to additional materials in the design and construction workshops, sketchbooks and trips to London etc.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

With a relevant and professional portfolio of work created on completion of this course, learners can progress onto higher education at university level and/or into industry as photographic assistants, working for publication houses or even into freelance work for a diverse range of careers within the creative industries.

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