Level 3

Art and Design Practice (Photography)


2 years


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023


Adult 19+



This is a modern, contemporary photography programme providing you with the skills and knowledge to work in the global creative industries, in particular photography and moving image.

Over 4 units you will develop your creative potential through practical projects, gain an understanding of how the industry works, and prepare you for higher education and/or work.

Taught by experienced photographers working in the industry, you will learn the relevant skills to work in the exciting world of photography. The course will provide you with additional skills required to work in this industry including business awareness, portfolio building, work experience opportunities, and the ability to be resilient as a creative in a fast-moving global industry.

A relevant programme for tomorrow’s image makers you will learn about: -

  • Portrait, Fashion, Documentary, Still-Life, Landscape Photography
  • Analogue and Digital Capture
  • Digital, B&W and Colour Film Processing and Printing
  • Post-Production (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Studio and Location Photography
  • Storytelling
  • Portfolio, Website and Online Content Development
  • Employability and business studies with employers and clients within our industries

The course is a 100% coursework and regular assessments are carried out by your course team. Tutorials take place throughout the year. There are no formal examinations on this course.

You will use the latest state-of-the-art equipment, including:

  • Photography studios
  • C41 colour film processing
  • B&W Film Processing and Darkrooms
  • Colour Darkrooms
  • Post-Production Suites
  • Analogue and Digital cameras.

Collaboration with students on other programmes and with external creatives to enhance your networking and creative skills is also a key part of the course.

You will need to have GCSE Maths, English Language and two additional subjects at grade 4 (C) or above.

As part of the application process you will also be asked to explain why you want to study this course, so that we can ensure any course offer made aligns to your career goals.

Or you will have successfully completed an appropriate Level 2 qualification. You will also need to provide a portfolio of work, as well as a reference.

The department has excellent links and networks in the photography, moving image, art and fashion industries and these are brought into the curriculum through visits, guest lectures, collaboration and work-experience opportunities.

On completion of this course, you will be able to progress into our higher education programme in Photography & Moving Image at Barking & Dagenham College, or another at an alternative university.

We have a proven track record of students entering the industry as photographers, filmmakers, creative directors, retouchers, studio assistants, etc.

The qualification is nationally recognised with a focus on the practical application of skills and knowledge required by tomorrow’s industry.

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Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

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