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Photography - Level 3 (Extended Diploma) at College of West Anglia

Course description

If you are interested in photography and in the many connections that photography has with all art and design subjects, this course is for you. You will learn about studio lighting and equipment as well as how to work with models in the studio to achieve professional quality results. The images produced will then be processed and edited to high quality final images. All aspects of photography will be addressed from basic principles through to advanced techniques and practices. On completion of the course we aim for our students to be competent and confident photographers that have a good understanding of photography and will have the skills and confidence to progress into industry or onto university.This course has the equivalent value of 3 full A-levels and is recognised by Universities and employers. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction for their overall grade. The course is taught through combined core and specialist teaching that builds on a wide range of creative skills dealing with materials techniques and processes to equip students to progress to either Higher Education degree programmes in their specialism or to apprenticeships and employment in the creative industries.You will also study computer applications, history of art, and a range of experimental textile materials and techniques in art and design which underpin all design practice. At the end of both year one and year two, work is exhibited at the annual Art Show where your work is viewed by the public, press, family and friends.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 or higher, including English, maths and a creative-based subject, or a relevant level 2 qualification.If you are aged 19 or older, relevant industry experience may be accepted.You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you.


The work on the course is project/assignment based, and assessment is continuous throughout the course. Some units will be subject to external assessment. The units in the first two terms are assessed at pass grade only. The final unit is awarded a grade of pass, merit or distinction. This unit is achieved through a personal proposal and exhibition and decides the overall grade for the qualification.

Financial information

If you are under 19 on 31st August in the year you begin your programme, you will not have to pay a course fee; however, there may be additional resources fees and fees for materials, kits and trips. Please visit our website for full details.

Further information

Please visit the CWA website for further information.

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: 02 August 2018
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