The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Commercial photography is needed in the 21st Century as much as any other time in the history of the medium. Everyone has a camera but not everyone is capable of making high quality imaging on time, to budget and of a professional standard and concept that fits the demands of the current industry. We provide superb facilities and practicing industry-experienced staff that allows an exceptional learning experience. At The Northern School of Art you will acquire the technical and transferable creative skills needed to be a successful practitioner in the commercial photography industry, fulfilling briefs to professional standards.
Commercial Photography is based on the integration of creative practice/creativity and practical skills and is intended to prepare graduates for employment in the creative imaging industry. This course has been designed in consultation with professional practitioners, trade bodies, on-line content producers and industry partners. All students become members of the AOP and have the opportunity to become a Phase One Certified Professional.
You will work within a purpose-built environment with industry approved digital equipment, software, techniques and facilities. A varied and intensive introduction allows you the opportunity to become technically competent and creatively aware with a broad range of relevant skills. As you progress you’ll be encouraged to develop your understanding and acquisition of transferable skills alongside the development of your portfolio in your chosen specialist direction.
In your first year (Level Four) you will explore: Digital Photography and Workflow • Commercial Lighting • Introduction to Critical Thinking • Digital Enhancement and Retouching • Genres in a Commercial Context
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop: Fashion Photography • Advertising and Product Photography • Critical Thinking and Contemporary Photography • Advanced Enhancement and Retouching • Negotiated Project
In your third year (Level Six) you will produce: Project Research and Preparation • Dissertation/Report • Final Major Project • Final Show and Portfolio
In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||The Northern School of Art|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
We do not currently accept students from outside of the EU.
|UCAS Tariff||112 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Access to HE Diploma|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Pass Foundation Diploma|
Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile.
If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview.
Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate.
It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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