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Photography Level 2 UAL Award at Kendal College

Course description

This course is an introduction to photography techniques and their creative application, through the use of 35mm film SLR or digital SLR (DSLR) cameras with full manual controls.

This course would be useful for:

  • Web and Graphic Designers
  • Musicians
  • Film Makers
  • Fashion Designers
  • and anyone with a keen interest in photography

Learning Styles:

Taught elements, demonstrations and hands on practical tasks with tutor support.

Personal Study:

This course will involve some personal study outside the class, including up-loading course work and project photography for on-line assessment and/ or feedback.

Course content

The course content will cover the use and function of apertures, shutter speeds, focusing, lenses and flash in the studio and on location. The course will include four specific assignments designed to further your knowledge and practical ability in these areas, including the study of a leading photographic practitioner.(Advisory note: Film camera users should note, most students will be using digital SLR (DSLR) cameras. The course content necessarily focuses on the specifics of using digital, i.e. histograms, white balance, file format etc. This does not preclude students using film but some aspects will be relevant only to digital users).

Entry requirements

You should have an interest in photography and the enthusiasm to learn new skills, as well as some experience of taking photographs.

You should have access to a modern DSLR camera. However, users of 35mm film SLR cameras, Range-Finder Cameras (e.g. Leicas), ‘Bridge’ DSLR-style cameras (e.g. Fuji Finepix) or medium-format cameras will also benefit, but with limitations in some areas (e.g. film, print and scanning costs, using studio facilities with non-SLR cameras and limited camera functionality). 


The programme offers assessed and non assessed routes, so that you have a choice of whether you would like to follow the qualification or undertake the course for ‘leisure’. You must tell us when you begin which route you would prefer to take.

There are two assessed units comprising of some technical photography exercises and a personal photography project. This programme is assessed through online coursework, which involves some written elements. There are no exams.

Financial information

Course costs may include:

  • Film camera users: Film, developing and printing.
  • Travel to complete location work.  
  • A USB Memory Stick, and other removable media (not more than 10 pounds). 

Future opportunities

What you could progress to next:
Part time Photography (Advanced)/ Level 3 
Part time Photography Post Production using Adobe Lightroom 
Full time Foundation (Level 3/4) Photography

You may also be interested in:
Full time Level 3 Art and Design
Part time Graphics Level 2 or 3 
Part time Film Making

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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