Develop your creative and professional photography skills with this A-Level equivalent qualification, run at our Trowbridge and Salisbury campuses. You’ll have access to well-equipped darkroom facilities and specialist traditional and digital photography equipment to develop your skills and processes. The course will develop your skills as a creative practitioner. You should be curious about the world and have a reflective, creative approach to your work. You’ll learn by constantly trying out new ideas and solutions, create independent work and develop a deep knowledge and confidence in your chosen subject area. This course is one of the specialist pathways on our Level 3 course in Art, Design and Communication: Creative Practice. After the course, you’ll be in a position to apply for a photography degree or to enter the creative industries in a junior role.
What will I learn?
The course concentrates on your individual creative process. You’ll develop your unique responses through research, building your skills, generating new ideas and producing work. The emphasis will be on developing your individual interests and creative ability in photography.
This course aims to challenge you through exciting briefs and live project opportunities. Your practical sessions will be complemented by supporting theory to extend your knowledge about and understanding of the contemporary creative industries. You’ll be taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers who are creative practitioners themselves with relevant professional experience, and you’ll be supported by technicians working in industry standard studios and workshops.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You’ll learn key transferable skills for your career 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.
• 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.
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, such as to London.
What Could I Do Next?
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.