Art & Design (Photography/Graphics) Level 2 First Certificate

Course Overview


The course runs over one year, the year is split over a number of units which the student will complete to finish the course. The final part of the course is the Externally assessed Creative Project in Art and Design; this gives the student an opportunity to specialise, designing their own project to showcase their skills and creativity developed over the duration of the course.


The structure of the course is designed to give students a comprehensive look at most aspects of Photography. this will include using both film based media and digital camera work as well as associated equipment. Students will learn how to use a black and white darkroom creating prints, as well as how to use image manipulation techniques on Apple Mac computers, using industry standard software.
Projects will provide opportunities to explore studio photography, location photography and experimental image making. There is also an emphasis on ideas development, professional practice and learning about the history of photography and art and design.

Course Requirements

4 GCSES at grade 3 or above including maths, English and preferably grade 3 in an art related subject.

A successful interview and evidence of creative thinking e.g. ideas generation are also required.

Course Skills & Benefits

Extra costs will be involved for the following: sketchbooks, portfolio, film and photographic paper as well as a DSLR camera.

Trips :- We make visits to any relevant events or exhibitions more locally and in recent years have been to Liverpool, Blackpool, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth

Special Facilities for the programme :- There is a large modern studio, fully equipped darkroom, as well as Apple Mac suites with current software applications for editing. Many of the staff teaching on the course are also practising artists/photographers, publishing or exhibiting their work nationally and internationally.

Course Progression

Successful students may progress onto Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography.

Course Assessment

Your work will be assessed at key points during the year, according to a 'year' plan which will be provided during your course induction. Some of the key units are externally set by the awarding body and moderated externally. You will work on a Final Major Project on a theme set externally which will be displayed in the End of Year Exhibition.

Course Additional Information