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Course summary

This course prepares students for a career in the photographic industry. Apart from studying traditional black and white film development and processing in a darkroom, students also learn about digital photography and image manipulation using sophisticated computer software. The first year of study concentrates on the development of photographic techniques and studio practice. Subjects covered include studio lighting, photographic techniques and studio practice. In the second year, students learn about visual language and how to interpret photographic images. There are practitioner visits, live projects and exhibition set-ups, and students can display their work in a final exhibition staged in Swindon.


Year 1:•Professional Development•Contextual Studies•Techniques and Processes•Lighting for Photography•Photographic Practice•Darkroom Techniques•Communication in Art&Design Year 2:•Professional Practice•Applied Practice•Advanced Photography Studies•Advanced Art Practice•Creative Entrepreneurship

Assessment method

Assessment methods involve formative and summative strategies leading to a positive learning methodology with written feedback on all assessed work. Students are continuously assessed and there is regular feedback on the development of photographic style and production techniques. Structured tutorial sessions are also timetabled.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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North Star Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please email [email protected]

Additional entry requirements


You will be required to attend a course interview


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5No less than 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6750 Year 1
Scotland £6750 Year 1
Wales £6750 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6750 Year 1
International £8450 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students. *Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria: you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue
Photography at New College, Swindon - UCAS