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Start date: 01/09/2018 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 77942
Cost: N/A

SGS WISE

New Road
Stoke Gifford
Bristol
BS34 8LP

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Level 3 Diploma/Extended in Photography

Full time course

Outstanding

From our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014 we have been rated 'Outstanding' in this area. View our latest Ofsted report here

Summary

SGS is one of the few colleges in the region to have an extremely well-equipped darkroom, advanced digital facilities and professional photographic studio. We also have highly skilled, passionate and practising photographers who will guide you in your practical work and studies, enabling you to prepare a strong portfolio of work. Crucial to this course, and for broadening your experience, are group photography trips to various locations. There will also be an overseas visit, which will give you an invaluable opportunity to build your professional skills and develop your own personal approach to photography. You will also develop skills and confidence in presenting and discussing your work, preparing you for university or work interviews.

What will I study?

  • Use sketchbooks to explore and record ideas and processes
  • Street photography
  • Documentary
  • Fine art
  • Moving image
  • Photojournalism
  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Sports and action
  • Presentation and exhibition
  • Ideas generation and creativity skills

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either a GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their course.

Employability

We have a working studio where learners produce images for various clients, helping them to gain valuable experience and confidence at producing images to a professional standard.

Work experience

Students are directed and supported to seek opportunities relevant to their specialism to experience a working environment, whether this is a live project set by industry, creative competitions or working for a local or national company.

Additional qualifications

Employability qualifications may be offered if applicable.

What do I need to join?

You will need to show passion, enthusiasm, commitment and have a portfolio of work to show at interview. You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English and/or Maths, or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with merit or distinction grades, and a proven record of attendance and engagement in English and Math.

How long is the course?

The course will last 2 years, up to 4 days a week at college. You also need to be prepared to undertake independent study.

How will I learn?

There is continual assessment throughout the course, based on course criteria. Each project is marked as it is completed and progress is discussed formally and informally. You will also discuss work as a student group and receive feedback from your peers.Through completion of a wide range of practical assignments which will be complemented by relevant theoretical research. A series of projects will guide you through the process of originating ideas, exploring techniques and realising yourfinal pieces. You will be given technical instruction and guidance that will build your portfolio of skills. In addition to photography, you will use a sketchbook to record all your ideas and processes. Being willing to experiment, and risk making mistakes is a crucial element of creativity and we encourage an open minded approach to practical learning.

How will I know how I am doing?

Project work is set with structured achievable targets that are organised around practical assessment.

You will also discuss project work through group critiques with verbal feedback from tutors and peers. Regular tutorials and reviews will take place with your personal tutor to discuss targets and progress.

Are there any extra costs?

Material fees, educational visits and a foreign trip, financial support is available in certain circumstances.

What can I do next?

Most of our students go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or employment. Our students can progress to the best degree courses in the country in every subject.

What are my career options?

A career in art is diverse and can include further study in Art Therapy, Teacher Training, Academic Study at BA Level, or work in industry as an illustrator, graphics or theatre designer, photographer or specialist art teacher in Secondary or Further Education, or work in the ceramics, textiles, fashion industries. Many artists become self employed.

Location

WISE and Stroud Campuses.

Dates & Costs

Level 3 Diploma/Extended in Photography

Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 77942
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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