Level 3



1 year


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 a 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 a Foundation Degree (FdA) or BA (Hons) degree in Photography, on completion of this course.

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

Other career ideas include:

Photographer, Photographer's Assistant, Studio Assistant, Digital Operator, Production Assistant, Stylist, Art Director, Creative Director, Film Maker, Lab Technician, Printer, Publisher, Curator or Teacher.

Several guest lectures and photographers paid a visit to our class and we had some trips to relevant and contemporary institutions. The course combined a strong consideration in intellectualising photography works, theory, context and meeting the real criteria outside of the college environment. A significant opportunity was the post-production room for scanning negatives on a Hasselblad FlexTight and the C41 machine did allow processing our colour films.

In addition, the department offers an alumni programme for graduates. Students subsequently retain an access to the photography facilities and can take cameras so development does continue.

Tamas Sarkany, 1st Class Hons Degree in Photography
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.