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Course - BTEC Foundation in Photography: Digital Imagery

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  • Academic Title
    BTEC Foundation in Photography: Digital Imagery
  • Course description
    Course Description

    What is colour management, how is film scanned, what size file is needed for an A3 print. These are the issues covered in this unit, which is of benefit whether you shoot on film or digital cameras. Basic colour correction in Photoshop will be covered, together with sizing and printing on advanced inkjet systems and the use of storage media. The production of digital sourced inkjet negatives for use in a conventional wet darkroom will be included. Equipment in use is Apple MacPro with Photoshop CS.

    What background and qualifications do you need to join?


    This is a level 3 course, it is an advantage if you have completed a level 2 course here or at another centre before applying, although it is not essential. There are no entry requirements, however you will need to be able to show a small portfolio of work at an interview, you will also be asked to complete a project which you will need to bring with you to the interview in order to secure a place. Priority will be given to students who have successfully completed a previous level 2 photography course. Places on this course are limited, therefore please select work for your portfolio carefully.

    What does the course lead to?


    This course is a single BTEC unit from the BTEC Diploma in Photography. Although you can complete this unit on its own, it is more beneficial if you combine it with other units from the Diploma. The completion of 2 units enables you to get an Award in Photography, 4 units enables you to get a Certificate, 5 gains the full Diploma. Students from previous courses have gone on to work in Photography or study at a higher level.

    Where will I study?


    This unit will be at the Hortensia centre.

    What are the facilities and equipment like?

    The college has a studio with studio flash lighting (at the Hortensia Centre), a portable studio kit which includes backgrounds, a traditional wet darkroom (at the Wornington Centre) and a digital darkroom with scanners and archival printers (at the Hortensia Centre).

    How much should I study outside class?

    Research and location shoots will all need to be done outside class time, you will need to be able to do this. At level 3, there is a greater emphasis on independent study, so you will need to be self motivated.

    Are any course materials online?

    Handouts, briefs and additional research links are available via the student intranet.

    What books and equipment do I need?


    You need to own your own camera which can be either film or digital. It can be an SLR or a Rangefinder camera in 35mm or medium format. You will not be able to do this course with a compact camera.

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