BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Photography

Art, Fashion and Design

The qualification is designed to give learners a technical understanding of Photography. Learners develop knowledge of studio and location photography and digital and traditional methods (wet photography) of photography through vocational projects. You will be given the opportunity to work in a professional darkroom and work on industry standard equipment. The course will also place photography into a wider context through contextual studies where you examine movements and influential photographers. The qualification is for post 16 learners intending to gain employment in this sector, possibly after further study in higher education. You will have the opportunity to enter competitions, work to live briefs and produce group exhibitions. There is an externally assessed brief that will form part of your overall result.


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  • Subject area:

    Art, Fashion and Design

  • Duration:

    2 Year

  • Venue:

    St Albans Campus

  • Start dates:


  • Fees*:


  • Awarding body:

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

About the department

The Art, Fashion & Design Department offers a well-equipped and professionally staffed environment where students can reach their potential, whatever their ability.

The Department offers a range of programmes tailored to suit the needs of the individual, and students benefit from industry standard software, processes and techniques, making sure they develop the skills necessary to succeed in the industries they want to work in.

The quality of our student portfolios mean that many students progress to Higher Education, and as such, the Department is highly regarded by local and national universities, as well as those in London.

We also work with local companies and community institutions, taking on real life projects alongside brief-based learning in lessons.

Our tutors have many years experience working in the world of art, fashion and design. Many of them still work commercially within the industry and designers and exhibiting artists.

Important Course Information

What are the Course Requirements?

Four GCSEs with 4 points or at Grade C or above including English and Maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification and a keen interest in photography.


All of our Art, Fashion & Design courses prepare you for an exciting career within the creative industries, with many students going on to study degrees at prestigious universities.

Potential careers:

  • Animator
  • Costume Designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Fashion/ Clothing Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fine Artist
  • Games Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Web Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Model Maker/ Special Effects
  • Photographer
  • Product Designer
  • Stage/Set Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer
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  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.