Photography Level 3 Extended Diploma

Photography Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Whether you see yourself in the studio, setting up lighting for a fashion shoot or out on location photographing a documentary assignment, this course will help you explore digital and traditional processes from both an artistic and technical perspective

This course prepares you for the professional world of photography and the various pathways available as well as introducing you to the potential of applying your photographic work to video and design.

Duration 2 years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 09/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 73834-01
Fee 16 - 18: no fee* 19+: £8,583 (19+ fee subject to change) (Advanced Learner Loan Eligible) *Be aware that if you are 18 when you start your studies you may have to pay fees for a year 2 top-up.

What you learn

Course themes:

  • Theory and history of photography
  • Digital and traditional materials, techniques and processes in photography (including darkroom processing films)
  • Developing a photography portfolio
  • Managing a professional client brief
  • Developing and realising creative intentions
  • Studio photography
  • Location photography
  • Digital image capture and editing
  • Narrative image making


Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop a range of skills that will help you to progress onto university or into a career within the creative industries.

How you will be assessed

The course is continually assessed with grades of Pass, Merit or Distinction being awarded in each unit of study. Students can therefore take control of how they are progressing on the course and start to ensure they gain the highest possible grades. A final grade which is the equivalent of three A Levels will be awarded upon successful completion of all necessary units.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

From September 2019 Creative Arts courses will be delivered at our new campus at Quarry Hill.

Entry requirements

If you are part of the new grading system for GCSE we would see a Grade 4 or above as the equivalent of a Grade C in this offer.

Students should have a minimum of five Cs at GCSE or equivalent, including English or Maths. A serious interest in the subject is paramount and our interview process will entail you presenting your own portfolio of previous work, as well as completing a photographic task.

What's next

After the successful completion of the Extended Diploma/Diploma in Photography, students can progress to University level study. 

Successful students progress to University where, in addition to studying broad-based photography courses, they have also specialised in marine, forensic and fashion photography - in the past students have studied at:

  • The Royal Academy of Art . The Hague . Netherlands
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Falmouth University 
  • Huddersfield University 

 Those students who go directly into employment from Level 3 will typically start as studio and photographer assistants, as well as working independently on freelance basis.

 A Foundation Degree and a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography are offered by Leeds City College.

Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite

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