NSCG | Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography
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Course overview

This vocational hands-on course is tailored for those who wish to pursue a career within the Creative Industry, specifically Photography or Digital Imagery. Focusing on technical and conceptual knowledge, the course enables learners to prepare a high quality and individual portfolio for entry onto higher education programmes or directly into industry / employment.

You will cover a range of units over a two year, full-time course. The course normally runs over three days within the college week. All students are expected to give significant time to their studies outside college. Real world work experience opportunities will be part of your programme as will independent study.

What else do I need to know?

Learner Enrichment is at the core of the two-year course, with various trips organised each year to visit galleries and exhibitions in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bradford. Residential trips abroad to destinations including Berlin or Barcelona are possible. Learners have the ability to earn 100% from stock photography site Alamy.com, visiting photographers also provide industry knowledge – from world renowned photographers Brian Griffin and Hans Peter van Velthoven.

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What are the entry requirements?

You will have a minimum of four GCSE's, grade 4-9. Alternatively, you’ll have a Level 2 Diploma with overall Pass in a relevant subject.

If you do not have a minimum GCSE grade 4 for Maths / English you would study these as a part of your timetabled study programme. These structured weekly sessions will help you to improve your skills in these vital subject/s. In addition Maths and English development is integrated into practical course sessions and assignments.

You will also be expected to bring relevant examples of your photographic work to interview to help staff assess your suitability for art and design study. We will consider applications from students who have not taken an Arts GCSE if they have a strong portfolio.

How is it assessed?

This is a hands on, practical qualification and you will be assessed throughout the programme at key assessment points. This will involve research, project work, sketchbooks, practical work, design and drawing sheets, presentations and contextual studies notes and essays. All assessments will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

Previous students have achieved places at leading universities, including Falmouth, Ravensbourne and Nottingham Trent to study Photography and Media related subjects. Future employment opportunities may include Photo-Journalist, Freelance Photographer, Picture Editor, Picture Researcher or Creative Digital Editor or alternate career paths.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Janine Grocott, Course Leader, by emailing: janine.grocott@nscg.ac.uk

Creative Arts, Film & Media

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