Level 3



35 weeks


Rush Green


Sep 2020


Adult 19+



Practical and hands-on, this course gives you access to fully equipped photographic studios, processing and print facilities, and a post-production suite! Using film and digital cameras, you'll undertake real 'live' photography briefs. And afterwards? Enter the photography industry or progress onto our photography degree programme!

You'll undertake assignments that introduce you to a variety of photographic genres like fashion, portrait, landscape and advertising photography. You'll also gain valuable visual language skills through learning about the work of other photographers.

Ongoing assessment of projects. No formal exams.

EITHER 4 GCSEs - including English - at level 4 (C) or above, OR a Level 2 qualification - merit or above - with Functional Skills Maths and English (Level 2).

You'll also need to provide a portfolio of your work, and have details of a reference.

David Bennett graduated from the photography programme at West Surrey College of Art & Design Farnham (now University for the Creative Arts) in the 1990s under Peter Hall. Since then he has published and exhibited in London and New York City, and his editorial clients include TANK Magazine, Art Review and ELLE. David is founder and editor-in-chief of PpR Journal, the magazine of Contemporary Culture, Fashion, and Dress.

Work includes real 'live' photography briefs for internal and external clients, giving you experience of working in the industry.

You can progress onto the FdA (Foundation Degree in the Arts) and then to the BA (Hons) Degree, both offered at Barking & Dagenham College in partnership with The University of East London (UEL).

If you're keen to head into employment, it's likely you'll start as a photography assistant or studio assistant.

Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.