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Course - BTEC National Diploma in Photography

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  • Entry requirements
    What background and qualifications do you need to join?This is a level 3 course and you would be expected to have a level 1 or level 2 qualification or knowledge equivalent to that. Our own level 1 Photography Award is a good grounding for this course. You will also need to have some photography experience and be able to show a range of photographic images and be able to talk about the work of other photographers.
  • Course description
    Course Description

    This is an intensive full time course covering all aspects of photography and professional practice. Specialist units will look at lighting, digital imagery, traditional darkroom and documentary work while central core units will deal with contextual studies, professional practice, planning and staging exhibitions and portfolio preparation.

    What does the course lead to?

    On successful completion of this course you could consider freelance work or continuing on to higher education  (HND, BA or MA), we will support you if you wish to make an application to further study.

    Where will I study?

    This course is based at the Hortensia Centre, however there are units which are run at the Wornington Centre, parts of the course are also run on location.

    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, we would expect that in addition to the three days per week attendance, you would need to devote at least one further day per week to this course.

    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.

    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 (35mm or medium format) or digital or both. We would expect you to own your own SLR or Rangefinder camera, it will not be possible to do this course with a Compact camera. A book list will be published on the college intranet with suggestions of the books might consider buying.

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