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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

This one year, full-time photography course (15 hours per week) is aimed at preparing post A-level and mature students alike who perhaps do not yet have the necessary entry requirements or portfolio for entry into higher-level qualifications.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
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Course Overview

This 1 year course provides a progression route to Degree and HNC/HND courses in all areas of art and design. The course will give you the opportunity to develop your ideas and opinions whilst exploring a range of creative photographic techniques and technology in historical and contemporary contexts.

Units covered are:

Unit 1 researching, recording and responding in art and design

Unit 2 media experimentation in art and design

Unit 3 preparation and progression in art and design

Unit 4 information and interpretation in art and design

Unit 5 Personal experimental studies  in art and design

Unit 6 Extended media development

Unit 10 Final Major Project

Practical subjects that will be covered during the course are:   

  • Film and Digital camera work (SLR, DSLR, Medium Format film)

  • Black and White Darkroom Practice

  • Photography Studio Lighting techniques

  • Techniques in Portraiture

  • Still life

  • Location and Documentary Photography

  • Historical and Contextual research

  • Exhibiting and portfolio building

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability. 

Entry Requirements


Students should normally have one of the following:

• BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design or photography

• An 'A' Level pass at grade C or above in Art or an Art/photography related subject with 4 x GCSE passes, including English Language, at Grade C or above;
• OR other qualifications deemed equivalent for the purpose of entry.

A portfolio of recent work must also be provided at time of interview.

As part of your programme you will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing. Prior accreditation may be taken into account but this would need to be substantiated and clearly evidenced.

The interview process will involve an interview, a questionnaire and a summer assignment. The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your successful entry to this programme.

Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied.

Where will it take me?
The Foundation Diploma is the most widely recognised entry requirement for Higher Level Art & Design courses in Great Britain and N Ireland. Students who have recently completed the course have gained BA (Hons) places in Colleges and Universities in N Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and England.

Courses taken include Fine Art, Visual Communication, Photography, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Ceramics, Combined Studies in Art & Design, Fine Craft Design and Jewellery.
How will it make me more employable?

You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:

• Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence
• Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
• Gaining hands on experience through Placements and Industry Projects
• Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies

This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
You will be assessed throughout the course and will culminate in a final major project and end-of-the-year show. Students who are successful in completing the course will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (photography).
Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase materials to aid the completion of assignments for example; camera film (£4-5 each, darkroom printing paper (£40 per box of 100 sheets) digital printing (£2 A4 in house) , A3 workbook for practical work (£3-5).


The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.

Pass all units covered in order to  gain the full qualification.

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