Skills for the Creative and Cultural Sector (Photography) - Level 2 Diploma (Aimaward)
Qualification Obtained: Diploma in Skills for the Creative and Cultural Sector (QCF)
This is a one-year creative and technical course, which is designed to help you gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of photography and photographic practice. The course is designed to help you progress and further your studies at higher levels.
During your time on the course you will receive dedicated support from our experienced tutors who each have experience in the industry and their own specialisms within the subject. During the course you will cover a wide range of photographic topics such as fashion, wildlife, portraiture, landscape, documentary and experimental processes.
The course offers students access to both traditional and modern resources, including a fully functioning darkroom and processing lab. The course also has its own studio spaces, which are fitted with modern, industrial- standard equipment. All students also have access to our stores facility, which is fully-stocked with a wide range of both traditional film and modern digital cameras.
Career Options and Progression
The majority of students progress onto a Level 3 photography course at Blackpool and the Fylde College. A t level 3 you will develop your skills learnt at level 2 as well as becoming more self-directed in your studies. The level 3 course is a two year course with the first year working towards greater autonomy and the second producing your own brief and assessments. You 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 one 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 12 subject units. Each you set has a broad and open interpretation which allows you to tailor the course to your photographic interests. You will receive four Grades attainable range through Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*
Teaching and Learning Methods
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.
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.
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