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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography at Trafford College

Course description

Who is the programme for?Students over 16 wanting to specialise in Photography.What is the programme structure?The course runs over 2 years. Each year is split into units; there are 9 in the first year and 9 in the second year. The final part of the course is called the Final Major Project; this gives the student an opportunity to specialise, designing their own project to showcase their skills and creativity developed over the duration of the course.What does the programme include?The structure of the course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of most aspects of Photography. This will include using both film and digital cameras and associated equipment. Students will learn how to use a black and white darkroom to develop and print their own work, as well as how to use sophisticated image manipulation techniques on Apple Mac computers, using industry standard software.Projects will provide opportunities to explore studio photography, location photography and experimental image making. There is also an emphasis on idea development, professional practice and learning about the history of photography and art and design.Are there any special facilities for the programme?There is a large a modern studio, fully equipped darkroom, as well as Apple Mac suites with current software applications for editing. Many of the staff teaching on the course are also practisingartists/ photographers publishing or exhibiting their work nationally and internationally.Students are expected to have their own DSLRWhat award will I achieve?Diploma in Photography. This is equivalent to 3 A levels

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including maths and English. Mature students can present a portfolio of work.


Your work will be assesed at key points during both years, according to a 'year plan' which will be provided during your course induction. During the Summer term of year 2, you will work on a Final Major Project on a theme of your own choice which will be displayed in the End of Year Exhibition.

Financial information

Will there be any extra costs involved?Sketchbooks, portfolio, film and photographic paper as well as a DSLR camera

Future opportunities

Successful students may progress onto university or enter directly into employment.

Further information

Please contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

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: 13 May 2016
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