UAL Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Photography



This two year programme is designed to give you a technical understanding of Photography. In the first year you will undertake the L3 National Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in the second year. You will 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.

What Next?

You could progress on to a Higher Education programme in a related subject or you may choose to progress directly into employment.

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.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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