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About the course

A general introduction to photography covering both digital and traditional photography. There will also be opportunities to experiment with moving image and animation. You will undertake 'live briefs' set by outside organisations and enter competitions. You do not need to have studied photography before.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 3. Portfolio of photographs you have taken yourself. The portfolio can be digital - on your phone, tablet or memory stick.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

We ask all students to contribute £75 towards the costs of materials (eg foam board for mounting final images, back drop paper, photographic paper, film and chemicals for traditional processing).

Budget £75 for trips and visits.

Awarding Body

UAL (University of the Arts London)

Why study?

You will study location and studio photography using our professional set up. You will use both digital and traditional wet processing photography. You will learn how to use photoshop and be able to manipulate images. You will develop and print your own black and white photos using our specialist darkroom facilities. You will study the work of other photographers - both contemporary (ie working now) and historical (worked in the past) In your final module (FMP) you will decide what areas of photography interest you and write your own project responding to a given theme.

Where will this course take me?

Students progress onto Level 3 Photography or other courses at Harlow college such as Media, IT or Hair and Beauty. Possible careers include Photographic studio assistant, Freelance photographer, Wedding photographer, Social Media apprentice.

Core modules

  • Unit 1 Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in photography - learn how to use your camera
  • Unit 2 Introduction to contextual research in photography – look at the work of others
  • Unit 3 Introduction to drawing skills in photography – story boards, concept art, location planning
  • Unit 4 Introduction to communication skills in photography – learn how to write a shoot plan and project proposal and how to review and evaluate your work
  • Unit 5 Solving 2D creative problems – extend your photoshop skills and use your photos in posters and magazines
  • Unit 6 Solving 3D creative problems – design a set for film or theatre
  • Unit 7 Solving time-based creative problems – make your own film or animation based around the set you made in unit 6
  • Unit 8 Developing and producing a personal project in photography. This is your final major project. With help from your tutors you will write your own project in response to given themes

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams on UAL Level 2 Diploma in Photography (Art and Design). All work is assignment based and assessed through portfolio, presentation and report/essay writing. Your final grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction) is the grade you are given for your final major project.

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need:

  • your own DSLR camera
  • A3 presentation folder or portfolio
  • A4 ring binders and stationery

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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