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Filmmaking and Photography UAL Diploma Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

You can choose between a one and two year course. After having completed the one year course, which is equivalent to 1/1.5 A Levels, you can then progress on to the second year, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This course will allow you to explore a wide variety of hands-on photography and video production activities that will develop and build your natural artistic abilities. You will undertake a range of projects that explore concept development, pre-visualisation, shooting, and editing and you will learn to use Adobe Photoshop, Premier, and After Effects for editing and special effects. This course also explores the history of film and photography, from the first photography to contemporary special effects.  In the second year you will specialise in your chosen area of lens based media and you will build on your existing skills to reach an advanced level.

You will be encouraged to take an experimental and open-minded approach to exploring ideas which challenge and develop creative thinking and making skills.

We have great facilities here at Croydon School of Art, including a photographic darkroom, many Mac suites, and video and film editing facilities with great technical support. You will be taught by film and TV specialists and industry practitioners who use their breadth of knowledge to support your studies.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

You will be taught by staff from specialist animation and graphics backgrounds. You will also benefit from the great facilities that we have here at Croydon School of Art, including a photographic darkroom, many Mac suites, and video and film editing facilities with great technical support.

Throughout the year you will be invited to take part in live briefs set by major cultural organisations and local businesses. You will also contribute to the School of Art Pop-Up Shop as well as UNICEF projects, along with the opportunity to exhibit work in our own Parfitt Gallery. You will be actively supported in entering competitions and festivals and in collaborating with music and drama students. Furthermore, our end of year show is our biggest event in which we celebrate your success along with your family and friends in a professional environment.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of visits to exhibitions and events, and there are a number of work placement opportunities available that vary each year.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss Apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview with a portfolio of creative work and/or a showreel.

To progress to the second year Extended Diploma qualification you will need to successfully complete the first year of this course and demonstrate good attendance and punctuality at the College.


Assessment is assignment-based with no formal exams. Formal and informal assessment will take place continually throughout the programme with individual and group critiques, peer assessment and group work, regular one to one feedback and structured guidance helping you to develop your skills and learn quickly, allowing for plenty of opportunities for you to achieve your potential.

Future opportunities

Completion of this programme will enable you to progress on to a degree course in animation and game design. Our former students are now attending many of the top university courses in the UK. Additionally, many of our current students are applying for internships or apprenticeships with a range of organisations, such as the BBC and Croydon Tech-City.

This course will open up many exciting career prospects for you; the television and photography industries are fast paced environments where having the right skills is essential. There is a real need for fresh talent with dynamic imaginations and great technical skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Croydon College directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
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      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport