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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Photography

The course is aimed at those students who wish to pursue a career in professional Photography or who want to progress to higher education.

  • Course Description

    The course gives you the opportunity to explore Photography in a contemporary and progressive manner. You will learn to use the camera as a tool of documentation and expression supported by the technical aspects of camera techniques.

    You will learn how to use black and white 35mm, medium and large format film, how to use a digital SLR, image manipulation with the software packages Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Related studies explore the issues of visual communication, history of art and design and computer applications.

    Year One

    • Films and processing
    • Studio Photography
    • Concept Building
    • Digital Manipulation
    • Moving Image
    • Black and white printing
    • Lighting
    • Practical assignments (mixed media)
    • Digital SLR

    Additional areas covered are computer/design skills, historical studies and technical studies.

    Year Two

    A negotiated programme of study based upon individual needs/areas of interests

    Throughout both years there is regular tutorial support from tutors with professional experience. You will be required to continue with projects independently and it is expected that there will be 10-12 hours independent study undertaken at home each week.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or higher, including English, Maths and a creative-based subject
    • A portfolio of creative work for interview

    Or:

    • A Merit grade in a relevant Level 2 Diploma
    • Either GCSE English or Maths at Grade 4 (C) or higher

    Substantial Level 2 vocational qualifications in relevant subjects will be accepted as GCSE equivalent (with the exception of English and Maths).

    You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you.

  • Course Length

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    19+ £5,400

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    If you are aged 19 and over, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. Alternatively, if you are aged 19-23 and have not yet completed a level 3 or above qualification, you may be able to receive this course for free. For further information and to complete our fee calculator, click here.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan

    If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    University of the Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Photography (Level 3)

    This qualification is awarded by University of the Arts London (UAL), the only specialist creative arts awarding organisation in England.

    This is a two-year programme and has two achievement points. You will work towards the Diploma qualification in the first year of the course and the Extended Diploma in the second year.

    Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A*) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

    How is my course assessed?

    The work on the course is project/assignment based, and assessment is continuous throughout the course. Some units will be subject to external assessment.

    The units in the first two terms are assessed at Pass grade only. The final unit is awarded a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. This unit is achieved through a personal proposal and exhibition and decides the overall grade for the qualification.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn

Full-Time

Duration 2 years

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Success story

Emma Pegrum

Art and Design Level 3 (Extended Diploma)

Emma chose to study at CWA as she knew the college has a very strong art & design department.

“I learnt so much while at CWA, from being in the print studio to photography and graphic design. I will always remember how encouraging the tutors were and how they would push you to do your best.

Studying at CWA had benefited me a lot when moving on to the next stage in my life. The grade I achieved and the stills I learnt at CWA helped me get into university, as they were looking for someone with a wide understanding of art processes and techniques.”

Emma now works for a small family run, interior design company, making curtains and blinds along with smaller accessories such as cushions, bed runners and curtain tie backs.

Emma says "I love my job as it is creative, I am always making things and it is never boring.

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