A photographer produces images that tell a story, record an event, record evidence or communicate a message. Professional photographers blend creativity and a good eye with technical expertise.
UAL LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN 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.
We invite you to take a guided tour with us to see the graphic design and photography facilities at our King’s Lynn campus.
What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?
Reduce class sizes. Splitting classes in half and placing students in different rooms. Learners are all set work to carry out independently, then we switch classes. This was the process of teaching before covid-19 restrictions to maximise student support.
What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?
A typical time tabled day will be setting objectives at the beginning of the day, teaching new information, letting the students practice the new information with tutor guidance and then conclusion of session, with tutor checking work. It is then emphasised that learners’ practice what they are taught independently. Level 3 mainly focuses on encouraging independent learning to understand how to manage time and produce work that could be taken in any direction, instead of being a simple tick box task.
How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?
The structure of the course is mainly practical for the 1st term and as the year goes on it starts to move towards being heavier on the theoretical aspects to allow students to produce work of their own choosing.
How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?
There is a timetabled tutorial session once a week where tutors can talk to learners to discuss if any support is needed. Extra help and support for subject specific needs is given when needed. If a student needs extra help, tutors are happy to help during or outside of session to assist. If it’s in regard to writing or organisation there is a variety of help and assistance that the Learning Resource Centre provides. If a learner needs help for a learning difficulty the college will assess what assistance is needed and provide whatever we can. Students are well supported at the college to allow the learners to reach their full potential.
Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?
The course specifically doesn’t but all learners at the College of West Anglia are required to carry out work experience. This can be organised by the learner or the Work Placement Coordinator will try to organise subject related work. It’s highly recommended the learner organises their own work experience to guarantee a place in a relevant company.
What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?
There are unlimited opportunities within the creative industry. Each career path could lead to another. For example, you could start as a photography assistant, move up to be a photographer, to then an art director or photo editor for a magazine, and then who knows, could be a senior editor. The possibilities are endless if the learner works hard.
Do we need our own camera for the course?
It’s not necessary as we have a number of cameras you can borrow, but it is recommended as we may run out, or you may want to shoot spontaneously. Without your own camera, you can’t go out and take pictures, you’ll have to come to college to get a camera.
What kind of camera do you recommend?
Either a Nikon or Canon DSLR as these are reliable brands which last a long time. An affordable and very good camera is a Nikon D7000. You can pick up a good second-hand camera for £300 on eBay most of the time.
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