Photography (Art and Design)

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Come and experience the magic of photography at Darlington College and discover why this is our ‘most searched for’ course. Our photography students enjoy industry standard facilities and expert teaching from highly skilled professional tutors. You will gain the skills required to progress into higher education or begin a career as a professional photographer.

You will develop enterprise skills, visual understanding and study historical and contextual photography to gain a broad knowledge of the Art and Design and Photography industry. You will be given live briefs set by clients such as Darlington Borough Council, Durham Constabulary, Lingfield Point and Darlington College - giving you that all important work experience required by employers. This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and offers you a two-year route into an Art and Design or Photography degree.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE subjects with 4 points or above or grades A*-C, including GCSE maths or English, or an appropriate Level 2 qualification at merit grade and a satisfactory school report. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

You will need to bring a portfolio of work to your interview.

A good level of ICT knowledge is required.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

The ethos of the Art Shed (as chosen by the students) is to aspire to be welcoming, creative, inspiring, unique and ambitious and we like to think that our students believe in that ethos.

You will need to demonstrate creative flair, be highly motivated with a desire to learn and have a committed attitude to the course.

Year 1 – 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design Level 3

You will develop an “all round” perspective allowing you to focus and harness your own potential in your chosen specialist area.


• Visual recording

• Materials and techniques

• Ideas and concepts

• Visual communication

• Contextual influences

• Graphic design

• Fashion and textiles

• Photography

Year 2 – Extended Diploma in Art and Design – Photography

After successful completion of year 1 you may progress onto the Extended Diploma and develop an in-depth understanding that will prepare you for university or employment within the industry. You will continue to study:

• Specialist Studio Photography

• Location Photography

• Digital Image Capture and Editing

• Personal and Professional Development

• Photographic Media, Techniques and Technology

What next

Previous students have progressed on to Higher Education and careers in photography in a wide variety of specialist fields including studio, location, product and fashion photography.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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