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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design Practice (Photography)

From the creative imagery used by advertising photographers in magazines, to the compelling world of editorial photography, the camera's ability to record the world around us creates an unlimited number of career opportunities in the industry.

Based in our studio space and dark room, you will transform your passion for photography into a creative profession.

Exploring all aspects of the art, there will be plenty of opportunities to visit regional museums and galleries, along with the opportunity to shoot your own work.

Our Connecting Classroom to Career ambassador, Charlotte, completed this course and enjoyed location and street photography so much, that she was inspired to study Archaeology at University of Liverpool.

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

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

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?

You will develop a range of skills through specialist workshops and activities that will enable you to create work for a range of practical assignments and projects. These will be assessed and verified internally by your tutors and verified by a Pearson specialist at the end of the year. There are no external assessments for this qualification. Tutors will provide ongoing feedback designed to help you improve as you develop your own practice in a range of specialist areas.

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 or a portfolio of work.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can also support you to do this.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2022), 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 visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

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 exciting role in the industry or launch your own career as a Freelance Photographer.

Alternatively, you may decide to progress on to university to specialise in an area of photography or even study business, to gain the skills and knowledge to market and set up your own business!

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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