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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

*FREE* Online short courses

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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