This course is designed for students who have completed their GCSE’s or a relevant Level 2 qualification and want to explore different aspects of photography, such as portraiture, advertising, documentary and fine-art photography.
In the first year of the Photography UAL Diploma qualification you will have the opportunity to explore your creativity developing some of the essential skills that underpin all creative disciplines. With access to a photography studio, mac suite and darkrooms you will learn through experimentation using a broad range of 2D, 3D and digital processes. Projects will help you to gain a contextual understanding of art and design and support you to make and articulate personal connections and interpretations. You will have the opportunity to take part in exhibitions and gallery visits and to develop your skills through independent and group learning.
In the second year, projects enable you to develop a more specialist understanding and to apply your creativity in response to a series of fast paced industry relevant briefs. The Photography UAL Diploma programme encourages you to combine traditional and digital photography processes to create a portfolio of work suitable for moving image, portraiture, advertising, documentary as well as and fine-art photography. Regular contextual lectures on the history of art and design, photography and fashion, will underpin and complement your studio work.
The course will enable you to make informed choices with regard to a career in the Creative Arts sector. In addition to your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills to enhance your progression to Higher Education or to employment.
Opportunities exist ranging from freelance photography to work for a wide range of employers, including creative businesses, publishers and photographic agencies, or in the education or public sector. Most professional photographers specialise in one area, such as commercial photography (including product, fashion, food or illustration photography), fine art, picture editing, picture research, photojournalism or social photography.
On successful completion of the first year Diploma programme you can continue your study of Photography onto the second year: Extended Diploma at Level 3; alternatively you can choose to study for the Art and Design Foundation Diploma, or other further/higher education courses.
The second year Extended Diploma programme will prepare and guide you through the UCAS application to progress to university, including the BA (Hons) in Fine Art or Fashion and Textiles at the School of Visual and Performing Arts available through University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute, or to employment within the Creative Arts sector, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media (Photography or Video Production).
Applications for September 2023 open now!
The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications opened on Monday 3rd October at 12pm.
Before submitting your online application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose, and use this when you create your account. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to make a note of your USERNAME and PASSWORD details! You will need these later.
We have prepared a step-by-step video guide below – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.
If you have chosen the study programme you would like to apply for then you are almost there. We recommend that you read our handy application tips, watch our video and then make your application.
You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.
Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject. For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.
Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.
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|Duration||One or Two Years: Year 1: Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma|
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Applications||Applications opened on Monday 3rd October 2022|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year olds: Free|
19+: £8,583 (This fee covers the full two-year course)
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