Level 3 Course


Extended Diploma in Photography


Two Years – Full time

Media, Graphics & Photography Promo Video

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Maths, or a full Level 2 qualification with a merit profile and grades 9-4 in GCSE English and Maths. A portfolio of your work is required at interview.


This course explores a variety of approaches to the production and presentation of photographic imagery, both analogue and digital. It incorporates a stimulating combination of practical and theoretical work in contemporary photography, printmaking, post-production, visual language and critical thinking skills, which will support your personal development.

You will go on a variety of study visits to galleries and museums, which are selected to guide and enrich your personal learning experience.

This course provides a broad base in photography, which covers camera handling, studio work and dark-room practice. Over two years, you will explore a wide range of challenging projects such as a fashion shoot and photographic manipulation.

As you progress, you will be begin to specialise in an area of your choice, such as photo-journalism, reportage, portraiture or commercial photography. This will start to inform your practice and prepare you for industry or university.

Through guided work experience, you will have the opportunity to work on live projects, where you will be producing art work to meet clients’ needs; this will also develop your professional working standards and practice.

Assessment is continuous via 13 units over the two years. There are no exams and each year ends with
a final major project and showcase exhibition.

Next Steps

On completion of this course you could progress on to university or a foundation arts degree, or pursue a career in photography, photo journalism, picture editing, fashion photography or graphics.

For further assistance or speak to an adviser please call 01329 815 200