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Art and Design Practice (Photography) BTEC National Diploma level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Art and Design Practice (Photography) BTEC National Diploma level 3
Code C1268
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a one year course and is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Successful progression can lead to entry onto the Extended Diploma Photography (equivalent to 3 A Levels) in 2021/22 . This course is ideal for complete beginners/anyone who are passionate about taking photographs using traditional and digital technology. If you are studying an art or photography GCSE, this is the natural progression to go into a full-time photography level 3 course and progress to university and/or work in the photography industry. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.


In year 1 you will look at landscape, portraits, still life, experimental, documentary, advertising, and abstract photography. You will cover traditional film processes and digital technology using a variety of camera formats. You will also experience the moving image (video); computer aided design (Photoshop); drawing and illustration; professional practice; and study the history of art. You are expected to keep a sketchbook and write reports/essays. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to enter competitions and will exhibit your work at local centres/galleries. It is important to mention that although you are on a photography course, you will be taught many different creative subjects alongside this specialism. This programme comprises 90 credits each year. 100% internally assessed, this course is highly practical and progression focused. Featuring large, flexible teaching modules, it allows for practical and professional skills development If you successfully complete year 1, you will progress onto year 2 of this programme. The second year content on the course are: Negotiated Projects; personal and professional development in art and design; art and design specialist contextual investigation; management of art and design projects; studio photography; photography location techniques; specialist location photography; digital image manipulation; and computer applications. An external show is also part of the curriculum and students will investigate, plan, and deliver their own promotional external event.

How will it be delivered?

All units are assessed through practical assignments. You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that inform you how to improve. There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English including an Art/Design related subject is required. GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above is desirable. You will also require a portfolio which demonstrates your suitability for your chosen course. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

Your next steps...

The course equips learners to enter the creative industries at a junior level. There will also be an element of simulated work experience through live projects, photography industry guest speakers, competitions, and industrial assignments during year two of the course. You can continue to higher education or pre-degree foundation, HNC, HND, professional diploma, or degree programmes. Although a competitive industry, there are job opportunities in the photographic/art/design world, such as being a photographer's assistant or freelance photographer.



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