Photography (Level 3)

Photography (Level 3)

Subject Area: Art and Design Photography


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 153748
  • Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and/or maths, OR a Level 2 qualification including GCSE English and/or maths at grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent).

    Portfolio interview and suitable reference.

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design & Communication (Pathway Photography)

    This exciting 2-year creative study programme is comprised of 6 UAL units, which cover everything you need to know about photography and how to become a photographer.

    There is a strong vocational emphasis on technical understanding with a wide range of industry-standard equipment and editing software. Your contextual awareness as a photographer and visual artist will be explored through many creative assignments.

    In the first year of study you will explore:

    • Cameraless & 35mm film processing and printing
    • Introduction to Photoshop and Lightroom
    • Studio techniques
    • Experimental Photography
    • Landscape photography
    • Documentary portraiture
    • Commercial photography
    • Fashion photography
    • Magazine design using InDesign

    In the second year, you will explore advanced techniques including:

    • 4x5" (large format) and 120mm (medium format) film processing and printing
    • Studio techniques
    • Advanced Practice using Photoshop and Lightroom
    • Zine and Bookmaking
    • Marketing Tools
    • Ethical & Sustainable values

    You will be encouraged to start to explore your own interpretations of photography by designing projects with your own parameters guided by your tutors.

    An ideal applicant is an energetic, committed, enthusiastic, and creative individual with aspirations of a career in the creative industry.

    Take a 360° virtual tour of your learning environment - Drawing studio | Fashion and Textile | Film Theatre | Animation Studio | Photography Studio | Photography Dark Room

    Course Highlights


    • Online Exhibitions
    • In College Exhibitions + Competitions
    • External Exhibitions
    • Networking through @photography_snc Instagram takeovers
    • Integrated submission projects to external Photography Magazines
    • Work Experience with external clients


    • Black and White Darkroom
    • C41 Colour Processing
    • Photography Studio
    • Adobe Software


    • Coursework Based
    • Mastery project-based teaching and learning
    • Ongoing formative assessment
    • The summative grade is achieved through Final Major Project in Yr 2
    Core Skills Covered: Creativity | Research | Communication | Patience | Feedback | Evaluating

    Next Steps

    Higher Education courses within photography and other creative arts courses such as:


    Photography and Jounalism

    Documentary Photography

    Fashion Photography

    Fine Art Photography


    Studio Assistant

    Assistant Photographer

    Freelance Photographer

    Wedding Photographer

    Photography Retail Assistant



    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2022.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

    Additional Costs

    There is a £60 trips and materials payment to cover the cost of our national programme and specialist workshop materials. This covers all black & white photographic paper and black & white film.

    Seraphina- Level 3 Photography

    “this course challenged me to become a creative individual that has made me more confident about my work and making decisions. I am now going to progress to the Extended Diploma and I am looking forward to going onto HE in my chosen field of Art & Design”.