Photography - UAL Diploma in Art & Design Level 3 at City College Brighton and Hove
You will be interested in all things visual and particularly in the use of cameras to produce photographic images. The course will introduce you to both traditional and digital photographic techniques and processes and develop your visual awareness.
Through developing an understanding of visual concepts such as composition, use of perspective and experimenting with the way light and shadow impacts on how we see things, you will start to develop your own visual language.
Furthermore, you will gain an appreciation of the work of other photographers and artists, which might also influence your personal development. You will achieve a technical understanding of using the darkroom, working in a studio situation and of digital image manipulation.
The Photography department at City College is staffed by practising professional photographers and it attracts an eclectic mix of students covering a broad age range. The method of delivery is module-based, with assignments set every term and lively debates and critiques which help students identify the strengths and weaknesses in their work.
The skills that you learn include studio lighting, dark room skills, printing from negatives, scanning from negatives, hand colour printing, digital printing, using medium format 35mm SLR cameras, film cameras, large format cameras plus digital practices such as Photoshop to produce digital prints. Historical and contemporary contextual studies help to underpin the practical work
Courses concentrate not only on assessments but also on portfolios. You will therefore leave the course with a strong body of work to show to universities or employers. The photography end of year show also showcases student excellence to potential employers.
The course is a mixture of practical and theoretical study in photography. You will be required to produce evidence in the following units:
- Visual Recording in Art and Design
- Materials, Techniques, and Processes
- Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
- Visual Communication in Art and Design
- Digital Image Capture
- Promoting Artwork
5 GCSEs at grade C to include English and an art-related subject. You will be expected to attend a portfolio review interview where you will need to demonstrate
your suitability for the course.
Interview for entry: Interview required
There will be a 15 minute interview where you have the chance to talk about your work and ambitions
British Journal of Photography
Michael Langford, Basic Photography (Focal Press, 2000)
Assessment is on a continuous modular basis, with all assessments counting towards your final grade which is awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. Presentation of your work may be part of the assessment procedure.
In recent years, City College’s photography department has produced award-winning photographers such as Gary Eastwood (Landscape Photographer of the Year 2008) and Lawrence Akehurst (Student Photographer of the Year 2004).
A course material list will be issued during induction. Hard drive storage device (memory stick) is essential along with ink jet printing paper, darkroom photo paper, 35mm film, notebooks and pens.
Most of our students go on to study the level up: UAL Extended Diploma in Photography.
Students have also applied for:
Foundation Art & Design, A-level Photography and some take a gap year.
With the knowledge from this course students could potentially become a 2nd Assistant Photographer. Most successful photographers appreciate the technical skills and knowledge students bring with them when they graduate.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.