University of the Arts London Award/Certificate in Photography
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DescriptionWho is the course for?
The course is aimed at people who have an interest in all aspects of photography and who want to gain a recognised qualification at the end of this part-time evening course. You may be a young adult who wants to study the course to enhance their existing qualifications or to add to their portfolio, may be as part of your university application. You may be someone who is simply interested in learning new skills in photographic practice to improve your own images or maybe as part of the first steps towards a new career. You may just want to try your hand at something new. Our part-time evening courses are always vibrant with a good mix of people, in this case people who …
Frequently asked questions
The course is aimed at people who have an interest in all aspects of photography and who want to gain a recognised qualification at the end of this part-time evening course. You may be a young adult who wants to study the course to enhance their existing qualifications or to add to their portfolio, may be as part of your university application. You may be someone who is simply interested in learning new skills in photographic practice to improve your own images or maybe as part of the first steps towards a new career. You may just want to try your hand at something new. Our part-time evening courses are always vibrant with a good mix of people, in this case people who share an interest for portrait, landscape, digital or darkroom photography.What will I study?
The course is made up of two units for the ‘award’ or four units for the ‘certificate’, the first of which, The Camera (mandatory on the ‘award’ and ‘certificate’) is designed to introduce learners to the uses, functions, principles and skills involved in using a film based or digital camera effectively. It is also designed to encourage the learner to become familiar with and explore the possibilities available through the use of a camera. You will also be introduced to different photographers, their work and techniques and be taught how to use the frame to make successful photographs either as landscapes, portraits, still life studio based images or as abstract images even. If you opt for the shorter 16 week two unit ‘award’ you will have to complete one further unit. You will be offered the chance to do either the ‘Digital Imaging and Printing’ unit or the ‘Process Film and Print’ unit. This allows students the flexibility to work either digitally or using traditional silver photography. To extend the qualification to ‘certificate’ level you will be required to complete two further units which will be from ‘Digital Imaging and Printing’, ‘Process Film and Print’ (one of which will have already been completed for the ‘award’), ‘Lighting for Photography’ or ‘The Photographic Project’. The staff team will select the appropriate unit combination depending on the profile and interests of the cohort.How will the course be delivered?
You will have a range of workshops and classroom sessions aimed at developing your knowledge and technical skills in image making including studio work, before being challenged further to create your own images based on themed creative briefs whilst factoring in personal interests. You will have access to equipment including film and digital cameras, a fully working photography studio (complete with various forms of lighting and an infinity curve), a darkroom for printing black and white images and the means to process traditional film within the department.Course Entry Criteria
The course is aimed firstly at people with an interest and a basic understanding of photography. Equally it is also for those that may have a good working knowledge of photography and you will find the staff team sufficiently skilled and flexible enough to be able to accommodate and develop further any applicants with a higher level of proficiency. The course offers the chance to work in and amongst a group that include the staff (who operate as professionals as well) and a mixed ability/interest peer group. Students often find this rewarding as they learn from each other and share ideas. It is also a great opportunity to use the college’s facilities and staff expertise to develop a more professional body of work for whatever purpose.
The college operates a no refunds policy as detailed below. Cancellations and transfer requests are subject to the following conditions:
• More than 4 weeks notice – no charge
• 4 weeks notice – 30% of the cost
• 2-3 weeks notice – 50% of the cost
• 1-2 weeks notice – 75% of the cost
• Less than 1 weeks notice – 100% of the cost
All cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a £10 administration charge. The full fee’s policy is available on request.What will I get at the end of the course?
You will receive a University of the Arts, London Awarding Body (UAL) qualification which would either be the Level 2 Award (12 credit) or the Level 2 Certificate (24 credit) in Photography. The UAL Awarding Body is owned by University of the Arts, London which comprises the 6 major London art schools (Central Saint Martins, Chelsea School of Art, Camberwell, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon). It is a specialist awarding body offering qualifications in the creative arts, with an emphasis on art, design and communication. They have been approved by Ofqual to develop and award qualifications in the new Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF).The UAL Awarding body only work with approved centres, centres that have been approved on a staffing and resources basis. Blackburn College is one of the few institutions in the north of England to hold this status.What can I do next?
If you have completed the ‘award’ you may wish to progress to ‘certificate’ level. The course may also be offered at level 3 depending on demand which would offer a more challenging body of project work. For some learners this can be a bridge to studying photography on a more permanent basis, maybe on our level 3 full-time photography course or even full or part time at foundation degree level (level 4 and 5) at our own University Centre. This would be dependent on individual ability and circumstances. Your tutor will be more than happy to discuss options.How much does it cost?
The 12 credit ‘award’ is priced at £140 in total for the full 16 weeks (3 hours per week). A further charge of £140 will apply to those that want to extend the qualification to ‘certificate’ level by studying a further 2 more units (12 more credits) over 16 more weeks (again 3 hours per week). There is an additional £40 registration fee to pay for the ‘award’ or for those that opt to take the ‘certificate’ the registration fee is £65. Prices are subject to change.