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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

This one year, full-time photography course (15 hours per week) is aimed at preparing post A-level and mature students alike who perhaps do not yet have the necessary entry requirements or portfolio for entry into higher-level qualifications.
1 Years
Level 3

Course Overview

This 1 year course provides a progression route to Degree and HNC/HND courses in all areas of art and design. The course will give you the opportunity to develop your ideas and opinions whilst exploring a range of creative photographic techniques and technology in historical and contemporary contexts.

Units covered are:

Unit 1 researching, recording and responding in art and design

Unit 2 media experimentation in art and design

Unit 3 preparation and progression in art and design

Unit 4 information and interpretation in art and design

Unit 5 Personal experimental studies  in art and design

Unit 6 Extended media development

Unit 10 Final Major Project

Practical subjects that will be covered during the course are:   

  • Film and Digital camera work (SLR, DSLR, Medium Format film)

  • Black and White Darkroom Practice

  • Photography Studio Lighting techniques

  • Techniques in Portraiture

  • Still life

  • Location and Documentary Photography

  • Historical and Contextual research

  • Exhibiting and portfolio building

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability. 


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Available Sessions

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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)





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Ideal If:

you would like to explore a range of creative photographic techniques to start your career in the photography industry. You would like a progression route to a HNC, HND or Degree level study or self-employment

You'll Learn:

about film and digital cameras, black and white darkroom practice, photographic studio and darkroom techniques. You will also have the opportunity to work on live briefs and participate in internal and external exhibitions.

You'll Love:

the photography facilities with professional studios and darkrooms giving you practical hands on experience. The opportunity to view first-hand the work of practising artists and for gallery visits and talks.

You'll Progress:

onto employment or to further study on the Higher National Diploma in Photography

You'll Need:

BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design or Photography or related subject such as media. Or an A Level pass in Art or Photography with 4 GCSE passes to include English.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C.

At interview, you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in photography and/or Art & design.  Details of this will be confirmed in the email invitation at a later date.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.

Pass all units covered in order to  gain the full qualification.

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