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Photography Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


Students choose from several pathways for their Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma; deciding to study either: 3D Spatial Design, Fine Art, Photography, Digital Art, Animation and Games Design, Fashion Textiles, Graphics and Illustration or Art & Design.

All students on the listed pathways work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design in their first year of study; progressing onto their University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design in their second year. The Extended Diploma at Distinction level is allocated 168 UCAS points, which is equivalent to 3 full A Levels at grade A.

The course is made up of a number of units:

Unit 1: Introduction to visual language in art & design
Unit 2: Introduction to research skills in art & design.
Unit 3: Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art & design.
Unit 4: Introduction to material, processes and technical skills in art & design.
Unit 5: An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art & design.
Unit 6: An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art & design.
Unit 7: An integrated approach to time based problem solving in art & design.
Unit 8: Developing and art & design project
Unit 9: Opportunities for progression in art & design.

In addition to learning about the employment area chosen, you will develop the skills needed to start a career. The course is equivalent to 3 A Levels which means that up successful completion of the course students can either choose to progress to a higher education course in visual arts or go straight into employment.

You will also study Maths and English. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.

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Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A - C; 9-4 in GCSE English. A- C for GCSE Art and Design or art-related subject. A relevant Level 2 Diploma at minimum Merit, plus 9-4 in GCSE English. A clear indication of a strong interest in visual studies is essential. Initial selection is by response to a visual brief given by the tutors in preparation for interview.

Learning Outcomes

The UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design 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 University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design 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. The first year (Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (36), MERIT (60), DISTINCTION (84). The second year (Extended Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (72), MERIT (120), DISTINCTION (168). Student work is externally assessed and scrutinised by External Verifiers from the University of the Arts London to ensure that academic standards are adhered maintained.


Successfully completion the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design in the second year. The design and structure of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning by choosing an alternative Creative Arts pathway in their second year. For example, provided that they meet the entry requirements, a student could follow the Level 3 Fine Art pathway in their first year and then choose to follow the 3D Spatial Design, Photography, Digital Art, Animation and Games Design, Fashion Textiles, Art & Design or Graphics and Illustration pathway in their second year. This multi-disciplinary route is becoming increasingly popular with our students who recognise that they need a broad portfolio of skills to thrive in the creative sector.

Career Progression

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.