Photography UAL Diploma / Extended Diploma Level 3

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.

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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 GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills to enhance your progression to Higher Education or to employment.

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If you are 19 or over on the day your course starts, and your course is an approved qualification at level 3 or above, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your tuition.

Please call (01206) 712777 for more information.

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  • Full-Time
  • Colchester

2 Years
Year 1: Diploma
Year 2: Extended Diploma
2 Years: Extended Diploma

Start Date September 2017
Course Fees

16 – 18: Free
19+: £8,583
This fee covers the whole two year course

19+ Loan Available
Fee Exemptions Apply
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Status Full Level 3


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