Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years Level 3 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This full-time, 2 year course is for those who have an interest in photography and graphic design and wish to develop their skills and knowledge of the subject. The course is also ideal for those considering a possible career path in photography or graphic design as well as progression to Higher Education.

The main key things you will learn are:

You will develop a wide range of photography skills concerning both traditional and digital photography. This will involve studio lighting Location photography , darkroom skills such as film processing and black and white printing, digital imaging using Photoshop, photographic history, videography and video editing. You will also record and research a variety of different types of photography techniques and photographic artists’ work.

Graphic Design:
Digital and hand drawn illustration, design history, vector image making, typographic design, print making, animation and some traditional practical work. You will also record and research a variety of different graphics based techniques and professional artists’ work.

You must have achieved the following qualifications to enrol onto this course:

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English), one of which needs to be in an art and design subject. You can also join the course with a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Art and Design.

If you do not have an art and design based GCSE then you will need to be interviewed with a portfolio of artwork / photography (a good range of images between 12 and 20).

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You may be required to pay for trips and visits and you will need to purchase a small amount of photographic and graphics related materials. Basic materials for independent studies and homework may also be needed.

You will be taught through a combination of practical lessons in the design classroom, photography studio, computer suite, darkrooms and theory lessons concerning how to create independent research of a variety of artists and to build your knowledge of the graphic design and photographic industries. This course also involves visits to regional exhibitions and galleries.

You will be assessed through the creation and submission of your practical graphics and photographic work and through coursework journals in which you record your research, your ideas and your ongoing work.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career.

Ideally for this level 3 course you will have achieved a grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, however if you have not achieved this we will help you to improve your skills.

Maths and English are also embedded into the coursework. Different photographic and design applications as well as studio and darkroom processes involve the measuring and calculation of artworks in their processes. In theory lessons and in coursework journals you will be broadening your industry specific knowledge and vocabulary.

You have the opportunity to take part in a placement In your second year of the course. This will be a subject related work placement with a local business connected with photography, graphic design or a related arts industry organisation.

Placements are crucial in providing our students with an understanding of how their skills can be applied to employment as well as helping students develop their professionalism and people skills.

We have a number of links with local businesses connected with photography, graphics and the arts. This includes local designers and agencies, local photographers and art galleries to ensure you gain an outstanding learning experience with us and are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to progress to a career in industry.

In recent years students have experienced industry talks from established photographers and designers and art directors.

You will study 13 hours a week on your course which will include personal development with your course tutor and an additional hour and a half of skills development. You will also be expected to study outside of set college hours.

This course will take place Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm. Timetables will be issued at the start of term.

The aim of this course is to develop your skills and knowledge in both Photography and Graphics. You will learn a variety of techniques using the practical photography studios and will work with professional digital software to develop your technical and creative skills. The successful completion of this course will support your progression into a career in the creative industries or on to higher eduction.

Year 1 Module A:
- Exploring and developing Art and Design Skills
- This covers two projects. One project covering skills development through a broad range of new practical and creative workshops. The year ends with a second creative project.

Year 2 Module B:
- Advanced Creative Practice
- The second year covers two main teaching assignments. One covering personal progression and a second producing work in response to the creative industries.

BTEC awarded by Edexcel

What’s next?

After successfully completing the course you could go on to study an HND course at college or a degree elsewhere. You could also find employment in the graphics or photography industries or related fields.

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