Course Information

School Blended Offer Art & Design

PLWP200P

Subject area: Art and Design

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview

You will learn both traditional and cutting-edge techniques and explore a wide variety of different genres within photography including fashion, portraiture, advertising, experimental, location, fine art and documentary. You will also develop your contextual knowledge by exploring a wide range of contemporary and historical photographers, informing your own work. This is an art and design qualification but you will achieve it via the Photography combined pathway.

This course can only be taken in conjunction with 2 A level choices at the following schools:

• Henry Box
• Wood Green


Course Content

UAL Awarding Body’s Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) is characterised by experiential, experimental and integrated learning. The structure of the qualification allows you to combine newly acquired practical skills with theoretical knowledge and understanding as you explore your strengths and ambition. The course is very ‘holistic’ meaning that the areas of learning combine to improve your work overall. This reflects how you work in the photography industry too; in a project-based way.

Year 1: Units 1–4 are linked together to provide you with a sound introduction to the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to explore, enhance and sustain your creative development and determine a good standard from which can develop. You will be given a broad introduction to photographic processes and techniques that will help you find your strengths and also develop an understanding of the interlinked nature of the art, design and photography industries. Unit 9 is designed to develop your understanding of the range of educational and career opportunities within art and design and comes at the end of year one to support your progression planning as you head into year 2.

Year 2: Units 5–7 will require you to apply your newly acquired skills, knowledge and understanding through a series of more complex and demanding assignments in two and three dimensions and through time-based formats.

Unit 8 is the final unit in the two-year qualification and will provide you with an opportunity for self-directed learning in the development of a substantial photography project, proposed and led by you. This is the unit that will dictate your final grade, therefore, it is important it comes last and is a well-developed and personalised project that develops your skills and interests.


Possible Careers

Animator, Photographer, Illustrator, Advertising, Web Designer, Interior Designer, Graphic Designer, Product Designer, Fashion Designer, Artist, Computer Games Designer, Architect.


Skills I Will Develop

You will need:

• A passion for, and critical interest in, photography
• Dedication, hard work and motivation
• Creative thinking skills
• A good level of digital literacy
• The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• A creative approach
• The ability to demonstrate skills through practical application


Learning Methods & Assessment

This qualification will be internally assessed and internally and externally moderated against the unit outcomes and assessment criteria. Assessment is on-going and regular feedback is provided to help you improve. Assessment evidence will be diverse and will be appropriate for the type of work produced, for example: reflective journals, blogs, sketchbooks, research notes, portfolios, presentations. There are no external exams. The final grade awarded is based on Unit 8 as you will have developed the skills and experience by this stage to achieve the best grade possible.


What Qualification Will I Receive?

UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (Photography)


Course Units

Year 1:

Unit 1. Introduction to visual language in art and design (photography)
Unit 2. Introduction to research skills in art and design (photography)
Unit 3. Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design (photography)
Unit 4. Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design (photography)
Unit 9. Opportunities for progression in art and design (photography)

Year 2:

Unit 5. An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art and design (photography)
Unit 6. An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art and design (photography)
Unit 7. An integrated apAn integrated approach to time-based (eg. moving image/animation) problem solving (photography)
Unit 8 Developing an art and design (photography) project


Where Next?

The Level 3 Diploma in Photography is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the art and design.

By the end of this course, as well as the qualification you will have developed an extensive portfolio of professional work, which will help you be ready for your next step, whether it be university or employment in the photography industry.

You can combine the UCAS tariff points gained on this course with other A levels to access a broader range of degree courses; the UAL course is highly reputable and well recognised by both universities and employers.


Fee Information

Trips and visits may be offered as part of your programme of study but these will be optional and fees will be collected throughout the duration of the course. Details of cost will be provided during the enrolment process if not already above.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

All tuition fees currently given are for the 17/18 academic year.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page under the Info Centre link at the top of the screen.


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Course Details

Time: 14:15 - 17:15

Days: Tue & Thu

Date: 10 Sep 2018 - 05 Jul 2019

Location: Witney Campus

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk