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Photography BTEC Foundation / Extended Diploma - Level 3 at Dudley College

Course description

Photography includes a strong emphasis in specialist image-making skills and techniques, opportunities for developing a personal style and guidance in producing a unique portfolio of commercial as well as artistic images, based around several units and projects, including areas such as documentary, darkroom, portraiture, fashion, advertising, etc.

Photographic assignments are set designed to reflect workplace situations, activities and demands. Units are supported by specialist photography units such as location techniques, studio techniques, darkroom practice and image manipulation using computer applications.

On the successful completion of these units, you will have the basic building blocks to further your skills in year 2, where you will have time to explore in more depth specialist specific areas of photography like documentary, advertising, fashion, etc. You will work on more extensive self-directed projects with a view to building a portfolio for university or job interviews whilst preparing for a final year exhibition.

Course content

Photography includes a strong emphasis in specialist image-making skills and techniques, opportunities for developing a personal style and guidance in producing a unique portfolio of commercial as well as artistic images, based around several units and projects, including areas such as documentary, darkroom, portraiture, fashion, advertising, etc.

Photographic assignments are set designed to reflect workplace situations, activities and demands. Units are supported by specialist photography units such as location techniques, studio techniques, darkroom practice and image manipulation using computer applications.

On the successful completion of these units, you will have the basic building blocks to further your skills in year 2, where you will have time to explore in more depth specialist specific areas of photography like documentary, advertising, fashion, etc. You will work on more extensive self-directed projects with a view to building a portfolio for university or job interviews whilst preparing for a final year exhibition.

Entry requirements

For entry 16/17:

You should have 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language) or a BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design or Creative Digital Media Level 2. You will be invited to attend an interview, ideally with a portfolio of images. You will also need to demonstrate your interest and commitment to the subject.  If you do not meet the entry requirements but have considerable talent and enthusiasm you may be considered.

For entry 17/18:

You should have 3 GCSEs at grade C, one must be in a creative field and a grade 4 in English OR a BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design / BTEC First Diploma in Creative Digital Media or equivalent. You will be invited to attend an interview, ideally with a portfolio of images. You will also need to demonstrate your interest and commitment to the subject.  If you do not meet the entry requirements but have considerable talent and enthusiasm you may be considered.

Assessment

Continuous assessment of course work in the first and second years across a range of mandatory and professional specialist units. Assessments will be project based, set and marked by course tutors. There will also be externally set tasks that will be marked by the awarding body.

Year 2 culminates in a final exhibition, ArtsFest, which is open to the public.

Financial information

There is no need to worry about the costs of coming to college as there is lots of financial help available. Our finance and welfare officers will be able to talk to you about any help that may be available to you based on your individual circumstances.

 

 

Examples of financial help are:

 

Bursary fund

 

 

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund for help with college related costs. More information about the 16-18 Bursary Fund can be found at the website:https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund or by contacting our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.

 

Free BUS PASS

 

We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel costs for 16-18* year olds on full-time programmes, based on individual circumstances**. To qualify for a free bus pass***, you must live more than one mile from the campus at which you will be studying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn funding.

 

*Under 19 as at 31 August 2017.

 

**Students with learning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help – talk to our Student Finance team.

 

***Evidence of family income will need to be provided.

 

For advice on help that may be available to you when you start college call our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.

Future opportunities

The course will give you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills you require to progress as a professional photographer within the photographic industry or direct entry onto a high-level HNC, HND or BA (Hons) degree course in Photography.

Career options: Portrait/wedding photographer, photojournalist/sports photographer, freelance photographer, art photographer/gallery curator, etc.

 

Further information

For further information about Dudley College and the courses on offer, please visit http://www.dudleycol.ac.uk or contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years.BTEC National Foundation Diploma – Equivalent to 1.5 A LevelsBTEC National Extended Diploma – Equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Course code: PCASCB00060
  • Web url: http://www.dudleycol.ac.uk

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