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Level 3

Photography | UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design | Level 3


An exciting year of photographic study that encourages inventiveness and exploration, enabling you to produce a sophisticated portfolio to progress to university or employment. Based in the vibrant creative industries department, the emphasis is on becoming a confident, professional photographer seeking creative solutions. The course includes lectures, historical and contextual study and developing critical thinking, as well as practical workshops and independent work. Industry based projects and work experience are a key feature of the photography course, enabling you to develop the vocational skills and confidence to successfully progress within the creative industries.

  • Extensive photographic facilities
  • Commissions from external clients
  • Visits from industry professionals
  • Outstanding progression to universities and employment
  • Live briefs and commissions

Course preparation:

You will be expected to complete a summer project that will be submitted on the first day of term. In addition, students should familiarise themselves with the following texts which should be available in your local library.

You are not expected to have read them all, but these are a useful starting point:

  • Ways of Seeing, John Berger
  • On Photography, Susan Sontag
  • The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Charlotte Cotton
  • Bending the Frame, Fred Ritchin


You can join this course if you have at least one A-Level at grade C in a related subject and a portfolio of your creative work.

You will be asked to attend an application review where you will be expected to present a portfolio of current or recent photography work demonstrating your interest, enthusiasm, and commitment to undertaking photography at this level.

This course is open to school leavers and learners 19+.

Applicants should have ideally studied photography before to A-level standard or equivalent. Learners who do not have A-levels may be suited to the two-year Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Photography instead.

We are looking for:

  • Evidence of good photographic skills and a sound understanding of the formal elements – line, tone, colour, texture, pattern composition
  • Inventiveness and experimentation
  • Ability to generate ideas and develop ideas from concept through to realisation
  • Evidence of work that has involved decision making through design and problem-solving
  • Sketchbooks and notebooks demonstrating your ability to research, experiment and explore ideas through both visual and written approaches
  • An interest in historical and contemporary aspects of photographic and general cultural issues
  • Energy, self-motivation, commitment and a genuine enthusiasm for the subject


If you want to find out more about what Brigton MET has to offer why not join us at our next open day.
Visit our one of our specialist campuses to see our industry-standard facilities and meet our expert tutors.