This is an introductory unit in the bigger BTEC Award programme being run at this college. It will take you on from the basic stages of learning about your camera, working with different light sources and compositions to applying the knowledge you have learned. You will be set projects which show your knowledge and there will be trips out to different locations and exhibitions.
What does the course lead to?
On successful completion of either course you will achieve a BTEC single unit qualification (Short-course Framework) at Level 1. In order to progress on, you should consider doing a second unit (eg: 7TFP105-01 BTEC Photography: Introduction to Lighting) as this will enable you to achieve a BTEC Award and move up to the next level. On completion of the two units, you will then be able to continue on our level 2 programme of BTEC Award and Diploma.
Where will I study?
The daytime run of this course is at the Hortensia centre, the evening run is at the Wornington 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, although at this level, the time allocated need not be very much.
How is the course assessed?
Your work will be assessed during the course with a final submission at the end of the course. You will also need to select an image for the Photography End of Year Show which opens on 10th July 2008.
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 a compact camera or an SLR, however if you are intending to do further courses and progress to a higher level, then we would recommend that you have an SLR camera.