Photography | UAL Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0122-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and a creative subject, and a portfolio of your creative work. 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 Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

Our exciting photography course will help you develop your creative and technical skills including the use of specialist equipment, studio lighting, lenses, camera controls and set-ups. You will be able to extend your skills in digital and traditional photography including darkroom practices and techniques, and the use of software such as Photoshop and Lightroom to help you create a professional portfolio. We regularly have projects and live briefs linked to practising photographers and photographic businesses in Brighton, enabling you to make those vital industry contacts and to develop your work-ready skills to progress into a creative career.

  • Extensive photography facilities
  • Taught by industry practitioners
  • Commissions from external clients
  • Visits from industry professionals
  • Live briefs and commissions 

Start dates

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Entry Requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and a creative subject, and a portfolio of your 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.

An interview with a course tutor will be required prior to enrolment.

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

Diploma - Year 1

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

Extended Diploma - Year 2:

  • Preparation for progression into the creative industry
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Historical and contemporary contextual studies
  • Independent work
  • Final project and exhibition
  • Developing specialist technical skills
  • Live work-related projects, linking in with employers from industry

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?

Following completion of the first year UAL Level 3 Diploma you can progress onto the UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography).

You can then progress on to the Photography Foundation (post Level 3 Extended Diploma/A-level). 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

Course fees and finance

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

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 also be some trips planned in the year which may incur additional costs.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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