The Level 3 Photography National Extended Diploma will encourage you to develop your practical skills from a variety of photographic areas including studio work, landscape photography, portraiture, Photoshop techniques, image manipulation, videography and presentation. You will be assessed by completing practical photography assignments.
Your lecturers all have a working knowledge of the photography industry and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College, resulting in accurate, up-to-date knowledge being shared in lectures.
During the first year, you will study six units, these consist of up to four mandatory units, two of which are externally assessed and one of which is synoptically assessed. The focus of the units will be different art practices such as, studio work, landscape photography, portraiture, Photoshop techniques, image manipulation, videography and presentation.
During the second year, you will study a further seven units, three of these are mandatory units and are externally assessed. The second year units will develop on your knowledge gained from the Diploma, building towards individual specialisms dependent on tour interest/pathway. This course will culminate with a final major project and exhibition. You will also look at core art and design issues relating to ideas and concepts, communication, contextual studies and materials, techniques and processes.
You will learn about how other photographers produce their work, how to research in order to generate ideas and how to analyse photographic work. You will develop your visual awareness and ability.
As a photography student you will have access to all of our art, design and media facilities, which include a photography studio and darkroom, two iMac Editing Suites, two art studios, ceramics and pottery studio (including kiln), and a television studio. You will also be using industry standard software.
Trips are arranged regularly to museums and galleries, to tie in with the current study programme. You will also be able to meet a numerous of guest speakers including local artists, businesses and creative practitioners.
In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.
The Level 3 Photography National Extended Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.
For those aged 19+, the course fees will be: £8583.
If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.
Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.
Please note that all fees are subject to change.
Successful completion of the Level 3 Photography Extended Diploma would allow you to progress on to Higher Education to study any aspect of art and design at university.
Should you decide to enter the world of employment the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels.
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