This two-year full-time course is for enthusiastic, creative and highly motivated people. If you want to have fun working hard, creating ideas and images using the latest photographic cameras and computer imaging software, this is the course for you. We want people with high aspirations to unlock potential and learn exciting new skills.
You’ll need four GCSEs at Grade 4/C and above, including English, and/or you’ll have completed a Level 2 qualification or equivalent.
You will have the opportunity to investigate a variety of creative and commercially orientated assignments. Good technical ability is developed together with a strong visual sense. Students are encouraged to embrace current trends and apply their ideas in a creative and individual way. This Diploma is delivered through a series of units which may cover: Darkroom Application, Darkroom Practice, Design Methods, Digital Imaging, Image Manipulation, Computer Applications, Location Techniques, Professional Practice, and Specialist Studio Photography. You will also be expected to visit photographic exhibitions in the local area and join in with the official college trips to London or Bradford to see photographic work. There are various opportunities for you to gain work experience, covering college events and shows, and curating external exhibitions.
Students’ work is regularly displayed at external venues. Recent students have had the chance to work with visiting international photographers. Students are encouraged to participate in trips and visits such as the Blackpool Pleasure Beach day out.
We set you a challenge. We show you how to do it, work through your ideas and then you produce the work in the form of a project. This includes all your planning and development work, the actual photos and some thoughts on how you've done. This is then assessed to either pass, merit or distinction level and then we move on to the next. This pattern is repeated throughout the two years with regular feedback on how you are getting on from your tutors.
You can go on to specialise in Photography at university. You build up a wide range of skills and experience on the Photography Extended Diploma which can take you in many different directions. We discuss many options with you and help you decide where you want to go throughout the course.