Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography

If you are a visually inspired creative who enjoys capturing the world through a lens, then this could be the course for you. You will develop your creativity and interest with a range of lens-based and photographic media.

You will learn about traditional practices by working in the darkroom environment, experiment with lighting by working in a studio setting, master camera control and record your visual ideas exploring a variety of locations.

You will also have the opportunity to explore traditional fields of photography such as portraiture, landscape and still life as well as the more non-traditional subjects experimental and mixed media.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and offers a one-year, 90-credit diploma route or a two-year, level 3 extended diploma route.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Darkroom practice
  • Studio techniques
  • Colour printing
  • Location photography
  • Portraiture
  • Photoshop work
  • Experimental photography
  • Large and medium format photography

Projects are exciting and innovative, including elements of research and academic writing. These creative projects will enable you to develop a personal style as well as enhance your specialist skills.

The course will also include an end of year exhibition.

How is it assessed?

During your course, you will create work for a range of practical assignments and projects that will be assessed internally and/or externally. Tutors will provide ongoing feedback designed to help you improve across a steady learning curve.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and/or maths, including an art and design based subject.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this course, you will be ready to look for your first role in the industry or maybe launch your own career as a freelance photographer.

Alternatively, you may decide to progress on to the BA (Hons) Photography degree at University Centre St Helens, accredited by University of Chester.

Ref: Emma Dunne