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The college is open, and we are still accepting full-time applications for 2020-2021. Hygiene measures are in place to make the college as safe as it can be for our learners, staff and guests.

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Film Production & Photography

“If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.” - Stanley Kubrick

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Jacob Rae | Art & Design Foundation (Photography)

College is a very productive environment with time to explore your interests and think creatively. We have visited galleries in Manchester, Liverpool and London; worked on a Community Art Project and met and worked with Katie Spragg, a Fine Artist who used some of our ideas in her exhibition. I have worked as gig photographer for the Music Department, and one of my images was used on the cover of the Kendal and Windermere Now magazine.

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Course Overview

This pre-degree course prepares you to apply with confidence for a place on any Photography or Lens based BA (Hons) degree course. This is an intensive, creative course that promotes and stimulates inventive and experimental analysis of the arts. Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging.

Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Students will regularly work with outside businesses on live projects and exhibit in external venues. The course is designed to bridge the gap between A-levels and higher-level specialist degree courses at prime universities. The course tutors are experienced professional artists and designers who bring a wealth of practical knowledge and creative ideas with them. Our goal is to provide the creative groundwork on which you can base the rest of your professional life.

For the first few months' students will work in the exploratory stage, where they will explore media experimentation across a range of art and design disciplines. Students then move into the specialist pathway stage where they can choose from a range of subjects listed below: Fine Art Photography - Including Installation. Graphic media - Including Graphic Design, Animation, Digital imaging, 3D Computer modelling. Lens Based - Including Film, Photography, Photojournalism. Fashion Photography - Including Fashion Promotion and Marketing.

The curriculum also includes; the history of art, design and photography visiting practising lecturers, real life industry projects and professional practice. During the last 3 months students will work at Level 4 producing their own self-directed Final Major Project, which comes together in a final exhibition. Assessment is through a continuous assessment of portfolio and project work evaluations leading to a final major project.

Entry Requirements

This is a pre-degree programme suitable for 18+ applicants intending to apply to higher education. Entrants typically have either a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, or A Levels including Photography and/ or Art & Design. You will also be required to provide a portfolio of your art and design work at interview. If you are a mature applicant (21+), we would be happy to interview you based on a representative portfolio of your artwork.

After Your Course

Foundation students have progressed onto fine art, documentary, fashion photography and other related degree courses (graphic design, film, animation etc) at universities across country, including London College of Fashion, London College of Communication, Central St. Martins and Goldsmiths, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Blackpool and Carlisle. Other students have progressed directly into a wide variety of creative industries locally (graphic design, social photography and event design) and some students find the natural progression route for them is start their own business as a freelance.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course


The fees displayed are for the 1 year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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