Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Photography - Level 3 (UAL Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0122-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: Diploma: 1 Year, Extended Diploma: 1 Year Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 / UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL UCAS Tariff: Pass: 36, Merit: 60, Distinction: 84

Why this course?

Our well-equipped professional photography studios, supported by passionate teaching staff will encourage you to be inventive and explorative.

Through a mix of practical and theoretical learning, our industry-expert teachers will inspire you to develop ideas and creative responses to varied topics.

The course covers technical skills including lighting and Photoshop, as well as research, analysis and critical thinking.

The qualification achieved in year one is the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design, the qualification achieved in year two is the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

Entry Requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including English and maths, and a portfolio of creative work. 

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 Creative Media course, or the Level 2 Art and Design Course.

You should familiarise yourself with the following texts before the course begins:

British Journal of Photography

Michael Langford, Basic Photography (Focal Press, 2000)

Entry Requirements

Course content

Year 1

  • Materials and technical skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Visual language in art and design
  • Life briefs
  • Research skills in art and design
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Specialist photography-related workshops

Year 2

  • Preparation for progression into the creative industry
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Historical and contemporary contextual studies
  • Independent work
  • Final project and exhibition

Why the MET?

You will take part in our end-of year exhibition and have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients.

There is a professional and supportive learning environment as well as a creative and supportive space to experiment and explore your ideas and thinking.

Work in industry-standard studios using Mac suites and professional darkrooms.

You will have access to a range of cameras including medium format 35mm SLR cameras, film cameras and large format cameras.

There is also the chance to be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition and participate in the prestigious ARTiculation prize.

You will receive teaching,and support by experienced industry practitioners. The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in Brighton’s buzzing scene.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • Four studio spaces with tungsten and studio flash lighting kits
  • Light meters and reflectors, tripods and sync leads
  • Black and white darkroom with 18 enlargers and four developing sections to enlarge prints
  • Computer suite with Adobe Photoshop and two Nikon high resolution negative scanners
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support

Facilities at Brighton MET

Work experience

Work experience can take a variety of forms such as work with an external company or on live projects, such as commissioned work from an internal or external client. You might be working with local photography studios or undertaking photographic assignments for the Brighton Argus and other local employers.

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.

We encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give back something to your community.

What's next?

The majority of the Level 3 year 1 students progress on to the year 2 course.

This is completed over one year and enables students to study their chosen area of specialism in great depth.

Students build a portfolio that can facilitate progression into higher education or employment or apprenticeships.

Future careers:

  • Freelance photographer in fashion, editorial, documentary
  • Web designer
  • Educator
  • Stylist
  • Studio assistant
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator

Additional Costs

We expect that you own either a digital or film 35mm camera.

You will need to purchase a photography pack from the college containing a range of photographic materials.

Printing credit will be required and there will be ongoing materials costs throughout the year to replenish the photography pack.

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs.

Additional Costs
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Potential Careers

Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator

Typical Tasks:

  • Selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues.
  • Arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones.
  • Inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary.
  • Operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect.
  • Photographs subject or follows action by moving camera.
  • Takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage.
  • Controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems.
  • Checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment.
  • Operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes.
  • Manages health and safety issues.
  • Operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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ENTRY £17,453

AVERAGE £27,105


Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
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