Art & Design (Photography) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Sixth Form

Date (from)



Awarding body


Full Time - September 2017




Course introduction

Are you a creative person with a strong interest in photography and photo media? Perhaps you want to develop your technical and analytical skills in order to become a much more accomplished photographic artist.

If this sounds like you, then you can get everything you need to improve your picture taking by successfully completing this photography course.

Indeed, this learning opportunity is the ideal balance of theory and practice that can lead to a lifelong love of this unique discipline.

At its core Photography is about communication, and we want you to become a great communicator.

Why choose Brock for Art & Design (Photography) Level 3 Extended Diploma?

At Brock we have a large, professional standard photographic studio, a fully equipped darkroom and computer suites that contain industry level hardware and software.

We also have a well-supplied equipment loan system where you can reserve whatever you need to realise your artistic visions.

Importantly, you will benefit from being taught by photography enthusiasts who have a passion for both the subject and helping you develop your ideas.

Finally, you will have chances to visit exhibitions as well as outstanding field locations both at home and abroad.

Teaching & learning

You will learn by carrying out assignments and activities that incorporate a wide range of learning experiences.

There will also be a series of practical workshops in areas such as lighting, darkroom manipulation, Photoshop, composition and equipment.

The course can be split into three main perspectives: technical analytical and creative. Your teachers will work with you to develop your skills in each of these.

Course structure

  • Build a portfolio to evidence your development as a photographer, giving you something to show prospective employers/customers.
  • Master experimental darkroom practices as well as digital ones.
  • Learn how to use our photographic studio to its full potential in order to develop important skills.
  • Study Adobe Photoshop in order to acquire detailed knowledge of digital production techniques.
  • Experiment with visual recording, graphic design and mixed media to gain wider skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Work on live briefs for real clients.

Minimum entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • English language
  • Art and design based subject

In addition you will be asked to provide a portfolio to demonstrate ability in art and design.
If you have previously taken level 2 Art and Design you must have achieved a Merit or distinction.


What can I do with this qualification?

This course aims to broaden your artistic horizons and prepare you for higher level study such as an HND or BA Photography course.

Furthermore, your newly-acquired technical, creative and analytical skills will serve you throughout your life.

Past students have gone on to work as cruise ship photographers, design agency image specialists, national press photgraphers/picture editors, fashion photography assistants, sports photographers, and have also set up their own businesses.

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  • Highlights of my studies have included an amazing trip to the Eden Project. As part of my course I completed a work experience placement at a veterinary surgery, which really helped me decide the higher education path I wanted to follow.

    Morwenna Grigg

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