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Photography Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 1 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This is an incredibly popular and successful course. It is designed to give the student a broad introduction to the world of photography and develop their personal and visual skills which will enable future career choices to be made.


Course content

Over the two years, students will be introduced to portraiture, location shoots, photo-journalism, photo-montage, fashion, fine art work, graphic design and action photography. Students will study a wide range of chemical and digital-based techniques as well as still and moving images. Students will work with different cameras and a range of image-based software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and I-Movie. Visual communication through design and typography are also taught as these are essential skills to any contemporary photographer and designer. The study of the history and contemporary practices within photography are also a key part of the course. Visits to shows and galleries underpin this.

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Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Entry is by interview and requires either a minimum of four GCSE's Grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and requirements during interview and provide a portfolio of work demonstrating their creative ability. Applicants will need to be able to self-manage and will need a mature and responsible outlook as much of the delivery will require them to work with a high degree of organisation and skill.



Successful students will achieve the UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography). This is a highly valued and respected qualification by universities and employers.


Future opportunities

Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. Art universities respond incredibly favourably to Extended Diplomas as they know that they have been delivered within a specialist Art School environment with specialist Lecturers.

Last year, 82 per cent of students progressed to university and 18 per cent were successful in finding employment. Students who decide not to progress to university generally undertake trainee employment positions within the creative industries. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams.

Successful students progressing from our Level 3 courses will be guaranteed an offer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and Communication or BA (hons) Applied Interior Design here at The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Suffolk College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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