BTEC Diploma Art and Design Skills - Lens Based (Level 2)

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BTEC Diploma Art and Design Skills - Lens Based (Level 2)

About the course

On this one year course, you will familiarise yourself with the basic range of techniques, history, and application of photography in different genres of its use– using mainly digital photography skills. Topics include: Food and Still Life Photography; Portrait photography; Digital image creation, Landscape Photography and basic Photoshop Techniques. On the course you will learn to plan, research and develop ideas for 4 different specialist art/design briefs. You will also build on your communication, and entrepreneurship skills as you learn how you may develop a career in Photography and explore different ways to profit from your skills.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grade 3 and above

Where next?

After the course you could apply for the BTEC L3 Creative Practise Extended Diploma –Lens Based Course or A level Program in the creative Arts or Digital Media Pathways

Work experience and employability

One of our units on the course is dedicated to personal progression and understanding the various careers in Photography. In this unit you may have the opportunity to engage in work experience as Photographer as well as hearing from Photographers around the UK who are specialists in the field. Past guest speakers include Tobias Robins, owner of a portrait Studio in Old Town, Swindon, Charlie Waite, Renowned Landscape Photographer, David Gilliver, Fine Art Photographer and Paul Colley, Wildlife Photographer to name but a few.

What additional resources will I need?

We ask learners to pay a studio fee of £45 at the start of the year to cover the cost of a digital Photography kit used throughout the year of study. If you have your own DSLR camera as well that will be a huge advantage, but not essential as we have some cameras you can loan for short periods of time.

Fees information

If paying the studio fee will be a financial burden for students, they can apply for the additional financial support fund from Student services.

Students aged 19+ may be able to fund this course via the Advanced Learner Loan. Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Check you eligibility at


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