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Photography: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

The Visual Arts department at New College offers students the opportunity to be creative and develop their independent working skills in an exciting and supportive environment. The BTEC Photography course is a highly practical introduction to the subject where you will be introduced to a variety of techniques and produce industry standard, exciting and creative photographic work. As the course progresses you will have the opportunity to work more independently, write your own projects and specialise in areas of photography that interest you the most.

Course content

In this BTEC art and Design course, you will follow a photography path. you will have the opportunity to study a wide variety of creative techniques before producing your own independent work.

Mandatory Units include
• Visual recording and communication
• Critical and contextual studies
• The creative process

followed by optional units.

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language.



BTEC photography is a coursework subject and will be continually assessed.
The units are internally marked and externally moderated and will culminate in a final major project and exhibition.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Creativity and visual communication is essential in many careers both inside the Creative Industries and out. You may go on to study a Foundation course or other higher education course such as Photography, Fine Art, Design, Graphics, Web design, Film and Lens-based Media as well as many other options.

Further information

How will I be taught?
Visual arts is a combination of traditional teaching through lectures and demonstrations moving on to independent and tutor-led research, which is then applied through practical sessions. In year one there will be an introduction to a range of photographic skills, structured projects based on the given themes to which you can then apply your skills and creative abilities.

In year two theoretical and practical investigations will be further developed with the emphasis on you directing your own interests and projects with tutor guidance working in a specialist area of your choice.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline BTEC subjects require three to four hours of independent study each.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Sketch pads will be required, these can be purchased from the College shop. Other art materials such as pencils, pens, glue and tape will be required throughout the course as well as other art materials such as film and photo paper depending on your specialism. You don’t need to own your own camera to study photography. A £10 studio fee will be charged at the start of the course to cover essential photographic materials.

Examining Board

BTEC Photography is for you if: You are interested in both creative and commercial photography, like using new technologies such as Adobe Photoshop and digital cameras and perform well in coursework subjects.

BTEC Photography is not for you if: You perform better in examinations and don't want to experience photography in a more vocational capacity.

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 October 2018
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