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Photography BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography is a practical vocational two year course of study. It is intended to build and develop skills in photography and imaging and to enable students to create a portfolio of quality work and acquire related skills which will help secure entry into Higher Education, University or to provide an excellent foundation for employment in the vocational sector of photography & imaging or related media at Level 3.

The delivery of the programme is through: Project assignment work, Practical demonstrations, Workshops, Lectures, Mini tasks, Group critiques, Presentations, Contextual studies, Historical studies, Theory and Research.

You will also be expected to work independently and engage in group tasks within realistic time constraints in order to develop your skills. You will also benefit from working in well equipped specialist facilities.

The course programme is coordinated to ensure quality application in teaching and learning and promotes equality and diversity.

Course content

This is a two year course programme, consisting of 17 assignment projects for study and completion as follows:

Year 1

9 - Assignment Project Briefs plus Support Studies

Year 2

8 - Assignment Project Briefs plus Support Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants need 5 GCSEs Grade C or above including English or Maths.

You will also need evidence of an active interest and involvement in photography.

Applicants will need to bring a printed portfolio of their own photography to an interview.

Please note that if you do not yet meet the requirements for this course, relating to academic entry qualifications and/or portfolio standards at interview you will be considered for:

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Photography and Digital Imaging.

Photography - Stage 1 and 2 Photography & Imaging [evening programme]

Financial information

Students will be required to purchase and provide programme course materials for their study, progression and assessment to include: - practical development, final prints, portfolio presentation – all requested support materials and research files.

If you do not have access to a digital camera and intend to buy one for the course of study, please delay purchase until you successfully enrol and the programme tutor will advise you on a suitable purchase within the initial weeks of study.

The department will also supply SLR film based cameras within the scheduled workshop sessions to enable student learning, support and progression whilst enrolled on the course.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this programme can lead to

Higher education - BTEC HNC, HND, BA / BSC Degree or Foundation Degree.

The course will also give an opportunity to access Professional Qualifications - BIPP. Employment as assistant / junior / technician / photographer, or in related media professions.

Please note that for some university courses you may need GCSE English and/or Maths and Science at C or above. You must check this with the universities you may wish to apply to.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The Arts Centre is located in Liverpool's Hope Street Quarter. This striking Georgian district stretches from the Anglican Cathedral to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and includes a wealth of cultural venues including the Philharmonic Hall, both Unity and Everyman Theatres and some of the best hotels and restaurants the City has to offer. The Arts Centre is centrally located and is within a five-ten minute walk of Liverpool's bus and train stations.

      This campus has established itself as the leading arts teaching and learning institution on Merseyside, providing students with first class creative and digital facilities including specialist arts, drawing, painting and sculpting studios and technical facilities, state of the art design workshops, industry standard recording studios, premier dance and drama facilities, first-class photography work rooms and modern fashion and multimedia studios.

      The City of Liverpool College is a founder college of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and a lead provider of Fashion courses in the region.