Art & Design - Photography & Creative Media - Level 3 - Year 1

Photography level 3 combines 17 units that will be studied over your two year course. These units will build up your extended diploma in photography. In the first year we look at building up your skill base, looking at camera, lighting and darkroom techniques as well as some art based mixed media and theory. Your 2nd year will consist of some more business style units where we encourage you to explore your future career paths and progression from the course.

We also take part in a lot of cross curricular work where you will get to experience the Mayfly festival and work alongside the Fashion students on the catwalk. We try to incorporate trips where appropriate exploring a range of themes and helping you with research and influencing your final photographic pieces.

BTEC courses are delivered in a way that with our support and guidance allows you to be creative and independent in your learning, giving you the opportunity to really explore your photography skills in a way that will help you create a body of work to help you progress into the work environment or continue your studies at a higher level or into employment.

How will I be assessed?

Photography is completely coursework assessed. You work on assignments that have set deadlines to meet, in order to encourage professional time management practice.

There are a number of skills that you will develop such as Digital photography, Photoshop skills as well as film and graphics based briefs. You need to show evidence as you go along of the way you created the work. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the College’s end of year show.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English and Maths. Art is not compulsory but is preferable and you will also need a portfolio of work.

A level 2 Art based qualification may also be considered.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Graphics, Web Design & Multimedia HND or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University Progression - degree courses in Photography and Media Production or a Photography or Visual communication based course
  • Photography can be applied into many job roles within the creative industry such as: Studio Photographer, Journalism, digital marketing, Forensic photography, Fashion Photography, Commercial Photography, Camera operator or medical illustrator.

Additional information

You will need to present a portfolio of work at your interview at an appropriate level for the course; this can be school and/or personal work. Please photograph any work you are unable to bring with you. Be prepared to talk about your work and creative interests.

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