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UAL Photography, Lens & Light-Based Image Diploma Level 3

This course is for anyone with a passion for photography. It focuses on providing students with the skill set needed for employment in the Creative Industry or advanced study at Higher Education level, and encompasses a wide range of photographic specialisms as well as moving image and design components.

Our facilities include a well-equipped photography studio, an up-to-date digital suite with Apple Mac computers and a large black & white photographic darkroom. Students gain an understanding of both traditional and contemporary practice and benefit from extensive experience of analogue and digital photographic processes.

The qualification is full time and entirely coursework based. It focuses on professional practice and emphasises work experience through live projects, working alongside commercial clients as well as interdisciplinary, collaborative ventures with other students from the Creative Arts Department.

Our city centre location gives us easy access to fantastic cultural and educational resources including regional galleries, museums and other arts organisations. This is used to develop primary research skills and an understanding of historical and contemporary Art & Design practice as context for students’ photographic studies.

Entry onto the course is by interview. Applicants need to bring a portfolio of work or recent photography or artwork that they can talk about in the interview. Supporting sketchbooks are also good. You will be asked to explain how you will benefit from doing the course and your future ambitions. If you want to do the course, but don’t have the above qualifications, then you need to show a strong portfolio of work and be able to demonstrate your experience in the subject at interview.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Art & Design
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Matthew Boulton College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and/or Maths, or a Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design at Merit or above. You are also required to bring an attendance report and/or a reference from your previous tutor/school.

Delivery and Assessment

The delivery of the course is designed to develop your visual communication skills, your application of practical techniques and processes, as well as your understanding of historical and contextual art practices. The course is assessed through projects and sketchbook work. There are deadlines for assignments throughout the course, which you will need to meet to continue and gain the qualification.


Successful completion of the Diploma leads students onto the full two-year Extended Diploma course in Photography. This provides a pathway for students looking to study at HE level, and/or pursue a career in photography. You will be advised and supported in your UCAS applications with help on appropriate routes and portfolio preparation.

Career Opportunities

  • Photographer (documentary
  • editorial
  • travel
  • wedding
  • sports
  • architectural
  • fashion
  • portrait
  • advertising
  • product/still-life)
  • Fine Art and curation
  • Exhibiting/publishing Artist
  • Photo re-touchers
  • Picture Editor
  • Teaching/Lecturing