Art and Design (Photography) - Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: 90-credit Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)
This visually exciting and technically demanding course will encourage you to stretch your creative boundaries using both traditional and cutting edge processes. Supported by our team of dedicated, professional staff, you will explore fashion, portraiture, landscape and experimental genres of photography to help you identify your future career direction.
In our fully equipped darkroom you will be introduced to the essential elements of photographic practice. You will get the chance to experiment with different cameras and a range of creative lighting techniques in our studio spaces.
Fundamentally, the course will open your eyes to photography as a challenging and thought-provoking medium, which offers a unique channel for creative expression. It will also ensure you develop the technical competencies to build your confidence as a professional photographer or prepare you for higher level study.
Course Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and one of the following - Art, Design, Graphics or Photography. Alternatively, a relevant Level 2 Diploma at merit plus English Language at grade C.
Career Options and Progression
The majority of students progress onto BA Honours Degree courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College and other institutions. Degree level study could include Digital Photography, Wildlife Photography, Film Design and Advertising. Students who go directly into employment will typically start as junior or assistant photographers, or may apply for a Level 3 Creative Apprenticeship to gain further qualifications in the workplace. Whatever you decide, the qualification, skills and portfolio you gain through this course will help you achieve your goals.
Modules and Assessment
This two year visually exciting and technically demanding course is aimed at those who want a career as a professional photographer.
You will learn both traditional and cutting edge techniques and explore a wide variety of different genres including fashion, portraiture, advertising, experimental, location and documentary to help you decide your future career direction. This course offers an in-depth introduction to the skills you will need to work in this exciting and competitive industry. In our fully equipped darkroom, you will learn how pioneering photographers produced their very first images and get the opportunity to replicate and develop their experiences. In our photographic studio you will experiment with different cameras and a wide range of lighting techniques. You will also study historical and contemporary photographers to inform your own work. In addition you will learn how cutting-edge technology is used to enhance and manipulate your images using the latest industry-standard Apple iMac computers and software as well as putting together a digital portfolio to showcase your work.
Experienced tutors with a wealth of industry knowledge will help you learn how to approach the creative process through photographic briefs, allowing you to develop an aesthetic and technical understanding and push the boundaries of your creative thinking. The course maintains a strong industry focus, where live briefs and competitions are commonplace, together with a mature and professional working environment.
Self-motivation, a strong work ethic and dedication are the key to your success on this programme.
Assessment is based purely on coursework... there is no exam. The course consists of 17 subject units. During the final months of the second year, students work on a self-directed final major project where they decide on a theme and outcome for their own written brief. Grades attainable range through Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* and hold the same value as C-A* at A level. The qualification you will receive from this course is equivalent to three A levels.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will be working on practical assignments where you will be producing photography work, with a wide variety of techniques. In addition you will be given the opportunity to investigate experimental approaches to your work, combining a wide range of techniques. You will be expected to research, plan, explore, develop, produce and then evaluate your ideas and you will have the chance to show off your work at the exciting end of year exhibition.
Work Placement and Field Trips
As part of the course you will be taking in part in many different live briefs relating to photography and photographic practice, these briefs will be set by outside agencies and will give you a understanding of working for a client. Throughout the year we run many different types of trips, we run one trip every assignment in the local area and one regional trip each term. Students have the opportunity to go on our international trip each year. (please ask your tutor for destinations 2017).
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
As part of the course you have access to our fully stocked stores facility which has a vast range of both modern digital and traditional cameras. You don’t need your own camera as part of your course but you still may use your own if you wish. You will need the following list of equipment to ensure you get the most out of the course;
1x SD Memory card- these are relatively cheap and are essential for any photographer. A 4GB one would be more than sufficient.
1x A4 Sketchbook- please stick to A4 size as they are easy to transport and take up less room in your bag.
Stationary- general stationary pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and coloured pens to add a creative edge to your developmental journals.
1x 4GB USB- this will help you with file management
Card reader- these can be easy to find on the internet and again are good to have your own as they are an essential piece of kit for any photographer.
Regulation and Accreditation
All the tutors on the course are working or have worked in the industry and have all been published and shown work at numerous exhibitions. All our tutors have higher levels of education in photographic subject specific areas. Current tutors are regularly published in Time Inc magazines and also write feature articles. Many of our tutors have been involved in running their own business which also helps when you are looking at earning money whilst they study or setting up their own business when they progress from our course. Whilst on the course you will be able to work with staff to produce imagery for external clients during our live briefs thus giving you a greater understanding into the photographic industries.
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