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Photography UAL Diploma / Extended Diploma Level 3 at Colchester Institute

Course description

Photography is one of the UK’s creative industries and can provide an exciting career with a wide range of career opportunities from forensic or scientific photography to advertising and editorial photographer.

The first year of the Photography UAL Diploma course will allow you to develop a broad approach to art and design and experiment with different media.  You will be introduced to a range of photographic approaches and techniques that will allow you to find personal areas of interest (such as portraiture, advertising, documentary or fine art photography) which you will explore and refine. The work of key historical and contemporary practitioners is introduced and discussed, and individual research in and around photography will back up your practical skills.

The second year is a more intensive, vocational and highly practical course focusing on the development of expertise within your specialist area and developing a professional portfolio, and self-marketing by producing business cards, postcards and promotional materials, and creating and maintaining a website.

As well as contemporary practice, you will learn the historical and vocational skill sets to ensure a broad based knowledge of the subject area and the wider Creative Arts.  You will also have the opportunity to work on commercial or live projects.

The course will enable you to make informed choices with regard to a career in the Creative Arts sector. As part of the course you will study English and maths Functional Skills or GCSE to enhance your progression to HE or to employment.

Course content

The first year of the course consists of the following units;

  • Introduction to Visual Language
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Introduction to Critical and Contextual Awareness
  • Introduction to Materials, Processes and Technical Skills
  • An Integrated Approach to 2D Problem Solving
  • An Integrated Approach to 3D Problem Solving
  • An Integrated Approach to Time-Based Problem Solving
  • Developing an Art and Design Project

The Second year of this course consists of the following units;

  • Characteristics and Contexts in Art and Design
  • Preparation for Progression in Art and Design
  • Engaging with an Audience in Art and Design
  • Project Proposal and Realisation in Art and Design

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C), including English, maths and an art and design subject, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification, and an interview with a portfolio of artwork.

Future opportunities

Opportunities exist ranging from freelance photography to work for a wide range of employers, including creative businesses, publishers and photographic agencies, or in the education or public sector. Most professional photographers specialise in one area, such as commercial photography (including product, fashion, food or illustration photography), fine art, picture editing, picture research, photojournalism or social photography.

On successful completion of the first year Diploma programme you can continue your study of Photography onto the second year: Extended Diploma at Level 3; alternatively you can choose to study for the Art and Design Foundation Diploma, or other further/higher education courses.

The second year Extended Diploma programme will prepare and guide you through the UCAS application to progress to a degree course, such as the BA (Hons) in Photography at Colchester Institute or to employment within the Creative Arts sector, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media (Photography or Video Production).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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