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Photography Level 3

Course Overview

This Photography level 3 course provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of photographic process and other design related disciplines. The programme has an emphasis on creative thinking, developing skills and ideas, and preparing you for progression into higher education or the design industry.


Modules include digital, darkroom and studio photography, graphic design, moving image, printmaking and art history. Methods of study include studio and workshop activities, tutorials and portfolio reviews. Optional study visits are arranged throughout the course. Assessment is through coursework using sketchbooks and digital platforms.

What topics are covered?

Units include:

  • Digital and darkroom photography
  • Advertising
  • Moving image
  • Film/animation
  • Information graphics
  • Film set design
  • Contextual studies (current and historical issues in art and design, professional practice)


Students will also undertake an additional specialist short course in graphics/ advertising to further creative development.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

Four GCSEs, including English language at grade C/4 or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at merit level overall (with Merits in all core units), or equivalent


All students will be required to present a recently completed portfolio of photographic work at interview

What qualifications will I gain?

  • UAL Level 3 Diploma
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

You will learn through studio and workshop activities, tutorials and portfolio reviews. Optional study visits are arranged throughout the course – recent destinations have included New York, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Every year students stage a public exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework.

What can I do after this course?

Progress into careers including graphic design, animation, media graphics and web design.


Progress on to undergraduate courses such as digital photography, film design, advertising, animation, multimedia. Below is a list of recent examples of degree courses and universities which students from this course have progressed onto:


Arts University Bournemouth Photography, Interior Architecture and Design
Bath Spa University Photography
Falmouth University Creative Events Management
Nottingham Trent University Photography/Photography in Europe
Plymouth College of Arts Photography, Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial
Sheffield Hallam University Photography
University Arts London Fashion Photography
University of Brighton Photography

Are there any additional costs?

  • Resources fee
  • An Art Starter Kit containing some basic equipment you may find useful for your course is available to purchase through the College Shop.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Art & Design

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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