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.
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.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
Level 3-6 Courses
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over 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.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/21).
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.
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.
16-18 year olds
There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/21, and are not studying at another institution.