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Photography Level 3 at Leeds City College

Course description

This course is designed for students with a serious interest in traditional and digital photography and covers both an artistic and technical approach. Students will explore photographic practices using professional studios and location settings, as well as using professional software to create cutting-edge digital imagery.

The course forms part of the Art & Design provision at Leeds City College and, in order to reflect the creative industries where visual disciplines continually converge, you may also develop Graphic Design and Video skills to enhance your photographic practice.

In order to broaden your photographic language you will also build on your academic skills through the exploration of the role of contemporary photography in a contextual programme of study.

Course content

On this course you will study:

During your first year of study you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of photographic and creative processes. These techniques will be developed through the following units.

Year 1

  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
  • The Creative Process
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Photographic Materials Techniques and Processes

The second year of the course allows you to focus on your own photographic practice and will prepare you for a range of progression opportunities within the photography sector.

Year 2

  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Managing a Client Brief
  • Developing and Realising Creative Intentions
  • Studio Photography
  • Location Photography
  • Digital Image Capture and Editing
  • Non Digital Photographic Techniques

Entry requirements

If you are part of the new grading system for GCSE we would see a Grade 4 or above as the equivalent of a Grade C in this offer.

Students should have a minimum of five Cs at GCSE or equivalent, including English Language and or Maths. A serious interest in the subject is paramount and our interview process will entail you presenting your own portfolio of previous work, as well as completing a photographic task.


This Level 3 qualification is assessed via a combination of internal assessment, where tasks are set and marked by your tutors, and external assessment where tasks are set by BTEC and your response to them is marked by BTEC examiners.

Future opportunities

After the successful completion of the Extended Diploma/Diploma in Photography, students can progress to university level study. A Foundation Degree and a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography are offered by Leeds City College.

Further information

English and Maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4/5

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: 09 November 2017
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