Photography Diploma Level 3
- September 2023, Full Time
Students study the UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design over two years. They are designed to provide post-16 students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further, higher education and training or employment.
The Extended Diploma are graded at Pass, High Pass, Merit, High Merit or Distinction, with the Distinction grade being worth 168 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 full A Levels at A* grade).
This is a practical and hand-on course that is client-facing and requires students to work collaboratively with local and national organisations and charities. In addition to learning about the employment area chosen, you will develop the skills needed to start a career. Successful students can either choose to progress to a higher education course in visual arts or go straight into employment.
You will also have the opporunity study Maths and/or English. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.
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Why Our College?
Public art exhibitions
Our students exhibit their work to family, friends, the public and local employers at the end of each year.
Our Creative Arts students have access to exclusive facilities in our state of the art Creative Arts Building
University of the Arts London
All of our creative arts courses are awarded by the University of the Arts London
Minimum 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Art & Design, or an art-related subject. Or a relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above including GCSE English at grade 9-4.
Candidates are asked to provide a portfolio of varied work indicating a strong interest in visual studies. Successful completion of a pre-interview task is also required, which will be discussed at an informal interview. Provide a reference.
The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.
It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.
You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You do not need to be an accomplished photographer but you should have a real interest in the theoretical aspects of photography and be willing to see the work differently.
Working collaboratively with established photographers is a key element of the course, with students in 2017 offered the opportunity to work world the world-renowned Rankin. The course is both digital and analogue, with students learning to master shooting on film and developing their work in our 2 large and well equipped dark rooms.
The Level 3 Diploma is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders. A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION.
Successful completion the Level 3 Diploma will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in the second year. The design and structure of the course allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning through working with local and national clients and Higher Education providers. We always adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of our teaching and learning so that our students have a broad portfolio of work and are ready to enter higher level study or careers in the creative industries.
City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA, London College of Communication and Central St Martins to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with local, national and international artists and creative agencies to provide fantastic experience of work for our students and also to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.
Students will need to provide their own equipment, with a list provided during induction. Students pay for enrichment trips and educational visits during the academic year. International trips are optional and are at additional cost payable by the student.