Photography | UAL Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) | Level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

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

Code FE0122-1C
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Our exciting photography course will help you develop your creative and technical skills including the use of specialist equipment, studio lighting, lenses, camera controls and set-ups. You will be able to extend your skills in digital and traditional photography including darkroom practices and techniques, and the use of software such as Photoshop and Lightroom to help you create a professional portfolio. We regularly have projects and live briefs linked to practising photographers and photographic businesses in Brighton, enabling you to make those vital industry contacts and to develop your work-ready skills to progress into a creative career.

  • Extensive photography facilities
  • Taught by industry practitioners
  • Commissions from external clients
  • Visits from industry professionals
  • Live briefs and commissions 


Course content

Diploma - Year 1

  • Materials and technical skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Visual language in art and design
  • Live briefs
  • Research skills in art and design
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Specialist photography-related workshops

Extended Diploma - Year 2:

  • Preparation for progression into the creative industry
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Historical and contemporary contextual studies
  • Independent work
  • Final project and exhibition
  • Developing specialist technical skills
  • Live work-related projects, linking in with employers from industry

Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths, and a portfolio of creative work.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 Creative Media course, or the Level 2 Art and Design course.

An interview with a course tutor will be required prior to enrolment.

You should familiarise yourself with the following texts before the course begins:

  • British Journal of Photography
  • Michael Langford, Basic Photography (Focal Press, 2000)

Your next steps...

What's next?

Following completion of the first year UAL Level 3 Diploma you can progress onto the UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography).

You can then progress on to the Photography Foundation (post Level 3 Extended Diploma/A-level). This is completed over one year and enables students to study their chosen area of specialism in great depth.

Students build a portfolio that can facilitate progression into higher education or employment or apprenticeships.

Future careers:

  • Freelance photographer in fashion, editorial, documentary
  • Web designer
  • Educator
  • Stylist
  • Studio assistant
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator