Photography 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.
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.
Photography UAL Diploma / Extended Diploma Level 3 Course Content
The first year of the course consists of the following units;
- Introduction to Visual Language
- Introduction to Research Skills
- Introduction to Critical and Contextual Awareness
- Introduction to Materials, Processes and Technical Skills
- An Integrated Approach to 2D Problem Solving
- An Integrated Approach to 3D Problem Solving
- An Integrated Approach to Time-Based Problem Solving
- Developing an Art and Design Project
The Second year of this course consists of the following units;
- Characteristics and Contexts in Art and Design
- Preparation for Progression in Art and Design
- Engaging with an Audience in Art and Design
- Project Proposal and Realisation in Art and Design
Normally 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C/9-4), including English and maths, and an art or design subject, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview with a portfolio of artwork.
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 a degree course, such as the BA (Hons) in Photography at Colchester Institute or to employment within the Creative Arts sector, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media (Photography or Video Production).
Applying for a Full-Time course
Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. All you need to do is complete our online application form by visiting:
Applying for a Full-Time course
Before submitting your application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to save a copy for your own records.
If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet, please phone our Admissions enquiry line on the 01206 712777 and we will send you a paper application form. The completed form can be returned by post or in person to our admissions teams at our Colchester, Braintree or Clacton campuses.
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We start accepting applications from the 1st October 2017 and have set an initial deadline for receiving applications of 31st January 2018 for a guaranteed place on your chosen programme (subject to you satisfying the entry requirements), although we do still accept applications after this date.
Applicants will receive an acknowledgement within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team on 01206 712777 to check that your application has been received.
In 2015, 1 in 4 students who got into university in the UK did so with a BTEC (UCAS report – Progression Pathways Jan 2016)
BTEC Diplomas provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and an alternative route to traditional GCSEs and A Levels. BTEC qualifications were established over 25 years ago and are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. The table below shows how many UCAS points each of the most common qualifications are worth.
For example, an Extended Diploma at Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) equates to 3 A Levels at A*
For information on the tariffs for other qualifications, please visit the UCAS website.
The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:
- Career choice
- Progression Routes
- Higher Education
- Employability Skills
There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.
The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.
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