Study Mode: Full Time
Course Code: QAD3HD19
Course Level: Level 3
Our Extended level 3 Diploma in creative and professional photography aims to prepare you for higher education and give you a broad range of ability and knowledge.
The course is taught vocationally, with an emphasis on the specialist skills you will need in the industry as well as the core, practical understanding that is essential to succeed.
An option to move onto higher education upon completion of this course in either broad based Photography or a more specialised, related field is the norm.
The course will also give you a vast range of employability skills.
Photography is a discipline that is very varied; we will work to briefs in the following areas:
- Digital imaging and manipulation
- History of art and photography
- Darkroom practice
- Location photography
- Studio photography
- Experimental imagery
You will produce project work in the first year that covers all these areas, with an emphasis on developing and responding to briefs in an independent and creative way.
The second year goes into more depth in all the briefs you are assigned, but you will have even more freedom to specialise in the area you wish to progress into through the Final Major project.
You will study up to a maximum of 20 hours per week over a maximum of 4 days. Classes generally run between 9am-5pm but may vary.
Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week.
There are 13 units across the two years of the programme. 7 mandatory units, of which 3 are internally assessed and 4 are externally assessed. There are an additional 6 optional units which are also internally assessed.
You will achieve an extended diploma in photography at pass, merit or distinction. This is equivalent to 3 A levels and is a valid qualification to progress to higher education.
Four units will be assessed externally under exam conditions. The remaining 9 are internally assessed by your tutors.
You must complete an application form. Once your application has been registered you will be invited to attend an interview to determine your suitability for the subject and level.
Places on the course are offered following a successful interview where you must present a portfolio of your work and produce a positive reference.
You will also be invited to attend a welcome day in late June, where you will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of current students work, meet the teaching team and other students who will be beginning the course in September.
At least 4 GCSE ‘s at grade C/4 or above, one of these must be in Art or photography and English language is preferred, or a BTEC level 2 diploma in art and design at a merit grade or above.
At the start of the course, trips to galleries take place, which will be an additional cost. There is an expectation to visit galleries independently and there is an opportunity to take part in a European trip, which will be relevant to your programme of study.
You will need to provide all basic creative materials and equipment; this is normally purchased from us as a kit at the beginning of the academic year.
Good levels of English and maths are important for success on your course, your chosen vocation and life. English and maths skills are embedded throughout your specialist pathway.
If you have not achieved a A*/9 – c/4 grade in English or maths at GCSE, or a level 2 functional skill, you will be working towards achieving that qualification at the appropriate level.
You will also need to provide any additional stationery which is required for your coursework.
If you have a learning difficulty or disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we assist with this too.
Progression from this course normally moves into higher education onto a HND, Foundation degree or BA Hons in Photography or a related subject.
Solihull College, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SB Tel: 0121 678 7000 Minicom: 0121 628 7005 Email: email@example.com Internet: www.solihull.ac.uk
Not Applicable to 16-18 year olds