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Photography - UAL Diploma in Art & Design Level 3 at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

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.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

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

Interview preparation:
There will be a 15 minute interview where you have the chance to talk about your work and ambitions

Pre-entry preparation:
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.

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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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

      24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 49, 50, 78

      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49