UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Photography

Overview

  • 16-18, Adults, International Students

Details

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

Year 1

Five core units will underpin the learning that will take place in year one. These units are 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.

Along side this you will complete assignments based around photography briefs allowing you to experience this field of work. There will be written assignments as well as creative practical assignments. You will learn the basics of black and white darkroom process, studio flash lighting, film, working on location, digital manipulation programmes and professional DSLR and film cameras. You will be given projects that reflect industry and sometimes you will be working towards ‘live’ briefs inside and outside the college.

You will go on trips to galleries and museums to support your projects, you will evidence this research in a sketchbook that documents your process through each project.
Year 2

You will draw on the experience and knowledge gained in year one and focus your studies within more directed photography briefs, building strong projects to include in your individual portfolios. You will work further with studio lighting, flash on location, medium format cameras, professional DSLR kit, print in a colour darkroom and work using digital manipulation programmes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Capture One. You will understand the process of output from computer to professional print.

You will be given ownership of your last project, which is the Final Major Project. This is your opportunity to write your own brief around the specific area you want to specialise in within the industry or program of study at University. This project along with your final portfolio is then exhibited in a celebratory final show.

You will be supported in your progression to University, employment or apprenticeships. This will be done through writing a CV, applications and building a portfolio. You will be supported in creating your portfolio, which will start at the beginning of the second year and will continue throughout the year.

Please Note

Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:

Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma

Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Students have gone on to study photography and other visual art and media specialisms within London Universities such as LCC and University of Westminster and beyond to universities such as Brighton University, Farnham (UCA) and Glasgow School of Art. Some students have entered the workplace in industries like digital retouching, freelance photography assistants, studio assistants and work in the wider design industry.

How will I learn?

Practical and theory classes will take place.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

You will need to work independently outside of college on assignments and projects will roughly run about six weeks. In addition to your coursework there will be regular opportunities for you to visit galleries & museums, participate in additional workshops and attend talks from visiting artists.

Equipment and other costs

It will essential to have the following equipment such as pencils, pens, scissors, USBs etc. It would be desirable to equip yourself with a SLR camera.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Photography

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

Additional 6-8 hours of study per week. 

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Creative Arts, Creative Media

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Applicants should possess relevant level 2 qualifications:

4 GCSEs at grade 4-5 (C) or above including English and Art or another visually creative subject
or an equivalent vocational qualification with a merit grade or relevant previous experience.

Entry onto the course is by interview commencing in February. Applicants will need to bring a recent photography project and/or artwork that they have produced and would like to talk about in the interview (sketchbooks would be also be good). At the interview you will need to demonstrate potential to benefit from this course.

If you don't think that you have the right qualification, but think this is the right course for you then apply or come along to the college to see how we can support you.

Expected prior knowledge

You will have some experience of photography, whether through school or college.

English level

GCSE Grade 4-5 (C) or above

Mathematics level

Level 2 Maths GCSE Grade 4-5 (C) or above is desirable, but not essential.

Support

Free Meals in FE

If you are aged between 16 and 18 on the 31st August 2019 and received free school meals when you were at school, you may be eligible to receive a free meal at College

Eligibility

To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support allowance( ESA)
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit (provided your parents are not claiming Working tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMR&C
  • Working tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after a person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Evidence
  • Evidence of family income being within the threshold of £16,190 per annum. This may be evidenced by presentation of a Tax Credit Award Notice or documentation from HMRC showing actual income for tax year 2018-19
  • Parent or nominated guardian’s evidence of Child Benefit & DWP Letter confirming receipt of a means tested benefit.

All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

Applications for Free meals in F.E.

A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.

Exceptional age group for Free Meals in F.E.

Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2019 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Getting your meal at College

Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.

Students will be allocated £2.50 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.

Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.

Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.

Further Education Fees

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2019. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2019 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • Entry to Level 1 courses may be free for 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full Level 2 or above qualification*
  • Entry to Level 1 courses may be free for 24+ year olds who are unemployed or meet low wage criteria
  • Full Level 2 courses may be free for 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full Level 2 or above qualification*
  • Full Level 2 courses may be free or 24+ year olds who are unemployed or meet low wage criteria
  • Full Level 3 courses may be free for 19-23 year olds who do not already have a full L3 or above qualification*. 

For more information on fees and remission click here.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund. 

For further information click here.

Childcare

Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email learner.services@cwc.ac.uk to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here