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Study Programme - Creative Photography Level 3

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Course Name 
Study Programme - Creative Photography Level 3Available for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 2 years (Level 3)
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography Pathway)
Offering Code DEL3ADP1F000
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Mandatory Placement Yes
Programme Design and Overview

This course is ideal for passionate photographers who want to explore the medium of photography while achieving a nationally recognised qualification. The course provides students with an exceptional portfolio ensuring access to University. You will also receive valuable advice on how to get started as a professional photographer.

The study programme will allow you to explore creative photography and develop a career in the photographic industry by completing projects based on realistic workplace situations, artistic live briefs and activities. This course will give you the skills you need to become a creative photographer with professional industry skills and an in-depth insight into the creative and artistic world of photography.

The Level 3 qualification is designed for students who want to further develop their photography knowledge and skills and develops students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in areas such as camera techniques, image processing and manipulation, history of photography and styles of photography such as portrait, location and documentary.
It is the substantial qualification component of the study programme and aims to help students develop the skills and understanding required to work in the sector or to undertake further learning.

Students will develop generic, transferable skills valued by employers, such as communication, planning and health and safety principles.

They will also research job opportunities or freelance options and assess their strengths in areas such as positive attitude, punctuality and self-motivation.

Skills include: Using SLR and DSLR cameras, Composition and visual design, Visual language and communication, Contextual awareness, Professional Practice, Recording Light, Problem solving, Concept development, Critique, Professional studio and Location Practice, 3D photography and design, Introduction to research, Introduction to Evaluation and Reflection, Professional Workflow, Project Development, Digital Manipulation, Digital interfaces, Analogue photography processes, Mixed Media techniques and processes.

Hidden Skills: Confidence, Articulation, Professional terminology, Collaboration, Time management, Organisation, Techniques and Processes, Independent learning, Professional environments, Critical thinking, Problem solving. Mathematics, English Language.

Future Career and Earning Potentials:
Photographer £14K-£50K
Photographic Technician £14K-£35K
(Source: National Careers Service)

Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available at all levels.

What you will Study

Examples of some of the units you may study are:

Level 3 (Photography)

  • The creative process: It is often said that artists and designers follow a creative process when producing their work. This can start with inspiration and include elements of research, experimentation, and refinement, ending with the final realisation. Often artists and designers will use these activities to develop their own ways of working as they explore and cultivate their creative practice.
  • Professional equipment: Learning how to capture light using professional cameras on manual settings as per industry standards. You will be taught how to use these on location as well as in a purpose-built photographic studio. In addition, you will be taught how to use all the equipment the accompanies a professional photographer including: lighting, tripods, reflectors, mobile flash units, studio flashes, diffuses and props.
  • Analogue photography: working in the photographic darkroom in order to learn the timeless methods of manual photographic production. Using chemical based analogue photography in our custom-built dark room.
  • Post-production skills and image manipulation using industry standard software; Adobe Photoshop and Light room and other Adobe products.
  • Art and Design skills: Students will engage with large variety of photography and mixed media skills taught by discipline specialists in order to creatively adapt your photographic work and learn skills in which to produce high quality and unique final outcomes.
  • Contextual awareness: Introduction on the importance of research into contextual influences, a professional skill that enables photographers in both in all photographic fields to ensure production of the highest quality of innovative photography.
  • Professional Practice
  • Visual language and communication
How you will Learn

Through a series of thought-provoking topics and themes, diverse assignments/live briefs and practical workshops, led by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.

All students will have the opportunity to visit and explore local galleries and surrounding areas such as the Hepworth, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute.
Past industry links include: The Art House; The Ridings; Wakefield Bid; Art Walk Wakefield; Yorkshire Sculpture International.

Course Structure
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Theory based: 15% 20% 20%
Practical work: 75% 70% 70%
Work placement: 10% 10% 10%
Nature of Assessments on the Programme

You will be continually assessed by your tutors throughout the academic year, and an external moderator will verify and confirm your final grades.

You will be continually assessed by your tutors throughout the academic year, and an external moderator will verify and confirm your final grades.
BTEC LEVEL Foundation and Extended Diploma (Photography)

Year 1:
Visual recording and communication
Critical and contextual studies in art and design
The creative Process
Materials, techniques and process in art and design
Photographic Materials, Techniques and Processes
Unit 13: 3D Design Materials, Techniques and Processes

Year 2:
Developing and Realising Creative Intentions
Managing a Client Brief
Professional Practice in Art and Design
Studio Photography
Location photography
Digital Image Capture and Editing
Non-Digital Photographic Techniques

Entry Requirements

Level 1 (Art & Design or Media Studies)
3 GCSEs 9-1 

Level 2 (Art & Design or Media Studies)
3 GCSEs 9-3 including English or maths
Relevant Level 1 qualification

Level 3 (Creative Photography)
4 GCSEs 9-4, including English or maths
4 GCSEs 9-4 and Level 2 in either English or maths
Successful completion of Level 2 or equivalent at Merit grade, plus GCSE English or maths at grade 4 or Level 2 English or maths

Attendance Expectations As a full-time student you will be expected to attend all classes as specified on your timetable and all personal tutorial sessions.
Attendance - Please note

This is part of a full-time study programme. It may be available as a standalone fee paying course that is not part of a full-time study programme subject to sufficient interest.

For further information call the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.

Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304
Further Study On completion with the appropriate pass and English and maths grades you can progress through the levels. Students may wish to progress onto higher education on completion of the study programme. Universities offer a wide range of specialist photography courses. You could progress to an HND in Photography here at Wakefield College. Options for your progression will be discussed as part of your tutorial sessions and applications will form part of the second year of the programme for those wishing to apply.
Career Opportunities The options within the world of professional image making are many and varied and will be discussed with you during the course. Specialist areas include press photography, social photography, commercial photography, photo editing, fine art photography and creative application of images in multi-media and cultural projects.
How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

Please contact the Media/Photography Team on 01924 789871.  Alternatively, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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