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Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

This two-year full time Photography with Motion Graphics course is equivalent to 2 full A Levels (120 Credits). In Year one (Level 3 Introductory Diploma) you will complete 6 units equivalent to 1 A Level/2 AS Levels and in Year two will complete a further 6 units to obtain the full Level 3 Technical Diploma.
Level 3

Course Overview

This two-year Photography with Motion Graphics course is the equivalent to two A levels.

Students who successfully complete this course can apply directly to University entry or apply for our one year Foundation Diploma in Digital Content Creation or Art & Design or onto higher level study.

The programme typically runs for a minimum of 15 hours a week.  

Year One establishes a broad creative base developed from a range of Photography and Art and Design units.  

Year Two focuses on further developing your digital skills through Photography and Motion Graphics within chosen pathways through internal assignments and live projects.    



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Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) (Year 1)





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Course Modules

Modules may include

Unit 1    Art and Design in Context

Unit 10  How Artists and designers Use 2D  Materials, Techniques and Processes

Unit 12  Planning, Researching and Developing Ideas for a Specialist Art or Design Brief

Unit 13  Realising an Outcome for a Specialist Art or Design Brief

Unit 14  Presenting, displaying, promoting and selling artwork

Unit 16  Exhibiting and Presenting Artwork

Unit 22  Portrait Photography

Unit 23  Exploring Artists as Photographers

Unit 24  Digital Image Creation 

Unit 25  Landscape Photography

Unit 31  Motion Graphics

Unit 35  Design for Advertising      

Skills areas studied may include: 

  • Digital Photography – image editing and manipulation
  • Experimental Imagery
  • Analogue Photography - darkroom
  • Studio Photography – product, portrait, still life
  • Landscape Photography
  • Motion Graphics
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Research Skills

You will also exhibit your work as part of the course alongside other courses within the creative department.

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


Ideal If:

You would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative industries within Photography, Motion Graphics, Digital Content Creation or continue into higher education.

You'll Learn:

How to present, display and sell your work, digital image creation, extended photographic techniques, motion graphics and how photographers use related materials, techniques, processes and software.

You'll Love:

The hands-on approach to this course and developing your photographic skills using a range of techniques and equipment within our modern and well-equipped photography studios and darkrooms. Displaying and selling your work through the various exhibition opportunities and student enterprises. The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on internal and external client commissions.

You'll Progress:

Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level. Some may apply for entry to the University of their choice, but many choose to stay with us for the Foundation Diploma in Art & design or our new Foundation Diploma in Digital Content Creation moving into Higher Education or employment from there.

Further study could lead to many career options within the photographic, art, motion graphics or graphic design industries.


You'll Need:


4 GCSEs grades A-C, preferably including Art, Photography, MIA or Media or a Level 2 equivalent qualification. 

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

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.


As this is a full time Photography course you are advised to have access to your own Digital SLR or mirrorless camera. A limited number of college cameras are available for class use only.

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.

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