BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Pathway: Graphics and Photography FL3

Course: BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Pathway: Graphics and Photography FL3
Code: QSNFL3PHO1/F010H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 04/09/2017 to 29/06/2018
Times: 09.10 to 16.30
Hours/week: 13.50
Weeks: 34



01606 74444

What is the programme structure?

On this course there is a strong emphasis on developing photographic skill using a range of camera types and lighting techniques, along with new digital technologies appropriate to photography. During the first year this course will cover a range of photographic subject areas including Studio Still Life, Portraiture, Advertising, Editorial, Newspaper and Technical Photography. In the second year of study there is an opportunity to specialise in a specific field of photography. You will also study design history, photographic theory, computer graphics and business studies.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for students who wish to pursue a career in photography.

How long does it take to complete?
1 year - Equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. Successful completion allows students to progress onto the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography in their 2nd year.

What qualifications do I need?

4 GCSEs at grade A* - C or equivalent (including GCSE English). You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio of photographic or creative work.

What does it include?

This course is part of a study programme to provide learners with a coherent and enriching curriculum which will provide them with the academic, social and employability skills to progress to further or higher education or employment.

The content of the study programme is designed to broaden the learner experience beyond the main qualification of study.

The key theme of study programmes at level 3 will be the development of personal, social and enterprise skills to enable progression to higher levels of study or employment. All learners will undertake a work placement as well as projects that help to develop employability skills.

As well as your core qualification you will study GCSE or Functional Skills in English or Maths plus English and maths development as part of the core qualification.

Learners will also undertake personal progress planning and pastoral education.

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The programme is run in purpose built facilities with two dedicated fully equipped photographic studios, professional darkrooms, digital cameras and image editing computers all running the latest professional software.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Although the college has a wide range of cameras it is advisable for students to have their own camera and you may be required to buy some photographic materials. Optional educational visits are charged at cost as and when they arise, your Course Leader will inform you of these.

How is the programme assessed?
An experimental approach to a wide range of design problems is encouraged. Work is project based starting with research and design development leading towards final photographic solutions. As the work progresses it becomes more applied and you will be expected to rely on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced photographers who have a long history of success in industry and placing students into higher education. Course work is assessed continuously and a final major project assessed by exhibition.

What award will I achieve?
BTEC Level 3 BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Graphics and Photography)

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What can I do next?

Successful students can progress onto the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.The College supports the government initiative ‘Every Child Matters’ and ‘Youth Matters’ and all courses include elements which contribute to students achieving the five outcomes, namely, being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444 alternatively visit the website or email Students aged 19 and over may need to pay a course fee.

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