BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design Creative Practice - Lens Based (Level 3)

Full Time

About the course

On the course, you will familiarise yourself with the wide range of techniques, history, and application of photography in different genres of its use– using both traditional and digital photography skills. You will study a combination of lens- and light-based media.

Topics include: Digital photography; Film-based photography; Portrait photography; Exploring artists as photographers; Digital image creation; Planning, researching and developing ideas for a specialist art/design brief; Realising an outcome for specialist art or design brief; Art and design in context; Digital Fine art Exhibiting and presenting artwork; Branding and corporate design; Design for advertising; Landscape photography.

You also study history and appreciation, European and non-European, including major historical processes, the various styles of photography in an historical and contemporary context, the role of photography and its inter-relationship with other visual media, some art techniques, subjective evaluation and critical interpretation of images.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs Grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Art or a Level 2 at Merit.

Where next?

You can go on to Higher Education (degree courses or Higher National Certificates and Diplomas), or directly to a job. You can assist a photographer, or work in a photographic laboratory, in a gallery, in a photographic agency or become self-employed starting your own business.

Work experience and employability

You will be expected to work on briefs for real clients effectively providing you with work experience as a photographer. In your second year there is a careers brief, where we invite Photographers from a range of industries to discuss their different careers and help you decide on a career path for your own. You create a portfolio both online and physically and learn about business strategies needed to start your own enterprise.

We also invite guest lecturers in to talk about their careers in a range of Photographic specialisms and organise a mixer between photographers that run their own businesses and alumnae students so you can network and get advice from real photographers and past students.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be asked to pay for the costs of entrance and travel on trips and visits. At the start of the first year, you will be asked to pay a studio fee of £120. This covers all darkroom materials needed on the course, contribution towards the specialist chemicals for alternative processes and a digital Photography Kit. In the second year you will be asked to pay a second payment of £100 which covers the cost of creating a Photography Portfolio and Exhibition. A learner support fund is available.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


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