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Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

This two-year full time Photography course is equivalent to 2 full A levels (120 Credits). In year one (level 3 Introductory Diploma) you will complete 6 units equivalent to 1 A level/2 AS levels and in year two will complete a further 6 units to obtain the full Level 3 Technical Diploma.
1 Years
Level 3

Course Overview

This two-year Photography course is the equivalent to two A levels.

Students who successfully complete this course can apply directly to University entry or apply for our one year Foundation Diploma in Photography or Art & Design or onto higher level study.

The programme typically runs for a minimum of 15 hours a week.  

Year One establishes a broad photography base developed from a range of art & design units.  

Year Two focuses on further developing skills within a chosen pathway through internal assignments and live projects.  



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Course Code: 10527

Course Modules

Modules may include

Unit 10  How Artists and designers Use 2D  Materials, Techniques and Processes

Unit 12 Planning, Researching and Developing Ideas for a Specialist Art or Design Brief

Unit 13 Realising an Outcome for a Specialist Art or Design Brief

Unit 14 Presenting, displaying, promoting and selling artwork

Unit 16 Exhibiting and Presenting Artwork

Unit 20 Exploring Digital Photography

Unit 22 Portrait Photography

Unit 23 Exploring Artists as Photographers

Unit 24 Digital Image Creation 

Unit 25 Landscape Photography

Unit 35 Design for Advertising    


Skills areas studied may include: 

  • Digital Photography 
  • Analogue Photography
  • Experimental Imagery
  • Landscape Photography
  • Studio Photography
  • Computers in Art and Design 
  • Contextual Studies   


You will also exhibit your work as part of the course alongside other courses within the creative department.

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

Ideal If:

you would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative disciplines within photography or continue into higher education.

You'll Learn:

how to present, exhibit and sell your work, digital image creation, extended photographic techniques and how photographic artists use related materials, techniques, processes and software.

You'll Love:

the hands-on approach to this course and developing your photographic skills using a range of techniques and equipment within our modern and well-equipped photography studios and darkrooms. Exhibiting and selling your work through the various student companies. The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on internal and external client commissions.

You'll Progress:

Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level. Some may apply for entry to the University of their choice, but many choose to stay with us for the Foundation Diploma in Photography or the Higher National Certificate in Photography.

Further study could lead to many career options within the photographic, art or graphic design industries.

You'll Need:

4 GCSEs grades A-C, preferably including Art, Media or Photography or a Level 2 equivalent qualification. 

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing.

At interview, you must bring a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in photography and/or Art & design.  Details of this will be confirmed in the email invitation at a later date.

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.

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