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Photography Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Do you have a passion for photography? Would you like to learn more about photography techniques and the photographic industry? If you could see yourself working for Vogue on fashion styling projects, photographing designer goods in far off places for high-end advertising campaigns, or capturing hard to reach wild animals for National Geographic magazine then this Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma is the course for you. You’ll cover an incredible range of genres on our dynamic photography course, including portrait, fashion, landscape, documentary, still life and experimental image making. You’ll learn the differences between location and studio photography, and how to effectively organise photo shoots. From start to finish, you’ll develop creative concepts and research plans, before taking the photos and then focusing on editing and specialist darkroom and advanced digital techniques in processing & printing.A big part of the course will be getting out into the real world, and you’ll spend a large amount of time taking part in live briefs, helping you to develop experience in working environments. You’ll also have the chance to get involved with the ‘Greater Mancunians’ project, photographing the people who have culturally shaped the city. As with nearly all of our creative qualifications this diploma and extended diploma is awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Photography, you’ll need to have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths or English. You can also progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a merit grade profile.Adult learners may also gain entry to the course without these qualifications, providing they can demonstrate an ability to cope with the demands of study based on their previous experience, commitment, interest and ability. We’ll assess these when you come for an interview with us. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


During the early stages of the course, you’ll complete a series of projects, with each receiving feedback to help you improve your skills and expertise. Your final grade will then be assessed via a final major project at the end of the year. As part of the continuous assessment, you’ll be expected to study outside of designated art and design studio sessions, attend exhibitions and galleries and do further contextual reading, all of which requires an additional commitment outside of normal course hours.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

After completing this Photography Extended Diploma, you’ll have the skills, experience and qualifications needed to advance onto a university-level course. The ideal next step could be a Foundation Degree in Contemporary Photographic Practices, right here at The Manchester College. Alternatively, you’ll have the expertise to progress straight into employment in the creative arts industry, with a range of roles to choose from that include studio photographer, photojournalist, events photographer and photographic lab technician.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Northenden Campus is a large, welcoming campus, offering a wide range of courses for school leavers, apprentices, adults and university-level students. We’ve invested £2 million in the campus to make it a great place to study vocational and academic courses. We’ve created a wildlife haven within the grounds and wildlife corridors connecting the site to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park nearby. Some of the facilities at Northenden are open to the public, including beauty salons.

      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.