This Level 3 qualification is a specialist course designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills for a career in photography, graphics and visual communication. You will learn about the advances of drone technology for digital imaging, the full range of digital camera controls and a variety of photography disciplines such as landscape, still life and portraiture. You will also explore studio photography and lighting, and use a variety of the latest photography software applications that you would use in the photography industry.
This is a two year course. In the first year of the course, you will gain a general understanding of photography, the technical aspects and photographic composition as well as post production in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamweaver and Flash MX all of which will be used on both Windows and Mac. These are used to ensure that you are fully prepared to work in the photography industry.
Year two will bring the opportunity to specialise. You will be taught up-to-date photographic media techniques and technologies such as HD photography through work on location or in the college's fully equipped studio.
To help build your portfolio, experience and confidence, you will have the chance to attend events and trips at the college as a professional photographer, with the possibility of your work being used in the college's marketing or in the local press. You will also have the opportunity to display your work in the college's annual Photography Exhibition.
What areas will I study?
- Studio photography
- Location photography
- Image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Flash MX and Finalcut Pro, all of which will be used on both Windows and Mac
- Professional practice in art and design
- Developing ideas and managing projects
- Drone technology - digital images
What are the entry requirements?
You will need five GCSEs grade 4 or above including English or an equivalent Level 2 qualification.
Where can I progress to next?
You will be able to continue your studies and progress onto higher education courses. You could also seek work in the photography related industries and put your skills into practice.