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Photography Level 3 at Northampton College

Course description

This qualification covers all areas of Photography, from advertising to photo-journalism and helps you develop competence in darkroom practice, digital imaging, studio techniques and experimental imagery. You will gain an understanding of the history and context of photography and will be provided with a range of skills necessary for a career within the photography-related industries.**First Year:**Students will be given in depth practical instruction on all the equipment and processes we have at Northampton College. This will include all formats of camera, 35mm medium format, studio and digital cameras. Students will work with studio lighting in the studio and on location; they will investigate the many styles of photography including advertising, fine art, fashion, photo documentary and landscape. These projects will include professional practice.The first year will be a mixture of traditional and digital, using computers and software such as Photoshop. Students are required to keep a full and complete set of sketchbooks that include assignment drawings, notes, handouts and ideas.Students are introduced to Historical and Contextual Studies broadly based around photography and the photographic image. Gallery and exhibition trips during this course will be arranged and we strongly advise students to make the most of these opportunities.**Second Year:**The second year offers opportunity for personal and professional development, and working towards a final major project when students work more independently on advanced projects with tutorial input. This is intended to help the student gain either employment or a place in a College or University of their choice at HND or BA level. During the second year, photographers from various backgrounds may visit the college and talk about their work. These may include Police (SOCO), Medical, Studio, Newspaper and Fine Art photographers. At the end of the second year the student organise and present a show of work as part of the Summer College Exhibition. Ultimately, students should leave with a portfolio of work that best reflects their career aspirations. After successful completion of this course you can progress to University or employment.

Course content

This course is aimed at those who wish to progress to university or employment in a related area.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language or a Merit Grade at Level 2 in Media or Art and Design or above plus GCSE English at Grade C or above or equivalent Functional Skills qualification.


Assessment is continual throughout each unit, with progress being monitored through tutorials and continual feedback.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of this course you may consider applying to University or seeking employment.

Further information

BTEC registration fees of approximately £235 will apply to students aged 19 or over at the start of the course. This is payable at enrolment. All students will be required to pay a contribution towards the cost of chemicals. You will also be expected to pay for any trips or visits you take part in and additional materials and equipment. There is also a starter pack, which is essential that you purchase. The approximate cost payable at enrolment will be £360.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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