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Photography Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Sandwell College

Course description

This two-year full-time course is for enthusiastic, creative and highly motivated people. If you want to have fun working hard, creating ideas and images using the latest photographic cameras and computer imaging software, this is the course for you. We want people with high aspirations to unlock potential and learn exciting new skills. If you enjoy creating artwork, rolling your sleeves up and producing practical work, and have an eye for a good image, then this is for you.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to investigate a variety of creative and commercially orientated assignments. Good technical ability is developed together with a strong visual sense. Students are encouraged to embrace current trends and apply their ideas in a creative and individual way. This Diploma is delivered through a series of units which may cover: Darkroom Application, Darkroom Practice, Design Methods, Digital Imaging, Image Manipulation, Computer Applications, Location Techniques, Professional Practice, and Specialist Studio Photography. You will also be expected to visit photographic exhibitions in the local area and join in with the official college trips to London or Bradford to see photographic work.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at C and above, including English, and/or completion of a Level 2 qualification or equivalent.


We set you a challenge. We show you how to do it, work through your ideas and then you produce the work in the form of a project. This includes all your planning and development work, the actual photos and some thoughts on how you've done. This is then assessed to either pass, merit or distinction level and then we move on to the next. This pattern is repeated throughout the two years with regular feedback on how you are getting on from your tutors.

Future opportunities

You can go on to specialise in Photography on our HND, which can later be topped up to a full degree at University. You build up a wide range of skills and experience on the Photography Extended Diploma which can take you in many different directions. We discuss many options with you and help you decide where you want to go throughout the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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