Photography - Level 2
Course Code: VM1FE234
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.
The aim of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the materials, techniques and processes used in the art and design process. Our purpose is to guide your learning supplying you with essential knowledge of how to use the creative process, research methods, idea and concept development, the use of appropriate materials and methods, evaluation and reflection of creative practice.
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, industry-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.
Our first requirement is that you are passionate about the subject and keen to develop your photographic knowledge and skills.
Level 2 is aimed at students who have achieved grade 3 or below in GCSE English & Maths, with our timetables accommodating the continued study of these additional subjects as part of your study package.
As part of your application, you will be invited to an interview with a member of the Photography team to discuss the course in further detail and to show any photographic work you may have already completed.
Teaching and Learning Methods
There are 14 hours of main programme classes at Level 2.
There are additional teaching hours allocated on timetables for English and Maths commitments.
We expect students to be using any free time on their timetable to continue their studies independently, and assignment photoshoots are to be completed outside of timetabled classes. Each student will also complete 30 hours of work experience during the course.
Our classes use a mixture of teaching and learning methods, including researching and discussing the work of others to help influence and inspire our ideas.
We use demonstrations and active participation to help develop technical skills and creative processes.
Your developmental work, research and photographs will be collated and submitted in sketchbooks for assessment at the end of each assignment.
All of the tutors on the course are working or have worked in the industry and had images published and shown work at numerous exhibitions. All of our tutors have higher levels of education in photographic subject specific areas and years of experience to support and encourage your development, no matter what style of photography you are interested in.
Current tutors are regularly published in magazines and also write feature articles, with additional specialist knowledge in digital imaging, VR, graphic design, personal branding and social media marketing.
Many of our tutors have been involved in running their own businesses which provides additional support for students who are looking to earn and gain real-world experience whilst studying or for those thinking of setting up a business when progressing from our course.
Whilst on the course you will be able to work with staff to produce imagery for a range of external clients during our live briefs thus giving you a greater understanding of the photographic industries.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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