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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study HE Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date 7 September 2020 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code FLR4PHT001 (2020)
  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    This one-year course is designed for those looking for a career in the photographic industries or undertaking the course as a way of extending an existing interest into a job. It is suitable for those progressing from Level 3 Vocational or A level and those wishing to return to education to develop specialist photographic skills.

    We aim to have a broad mix of learners within the photography course to create a dynamic learning environment, you will be encouraged to experience a wide range of photographic practice and develop an individual style. Whether you are interested in portraiture, landscapes, sports, fashion or advertising, we have the expertise to help you achieve your goals.

    There will be a range of trips available both nationally and internationally and HE students have recently attended a visit to Milan, as part of the annual international trip programme organised by staff. Several day trips will be planned to visit exhibitions and galleries across the country.

    Students will also have the opportunity to attend talks from visiting practitioners who will give advice and discuss their own work and careers. Students are encouraged to enter their work into national and international photography competitions and submit work for different exhibitions, supported by course staff.

  • What does the course involve?

    This course is validated by Pearson. The structure of the course will include a series of mandatory and specialist photography units, taught by experienced staff. These include:

    Year 1:

    Core & Mandatory Units:

    • Unit 1 Professional Development
    • Unit 2 Contextual Studies
    • Unit 3 Individual Project (Pearson-set)    
    • Unit 4 Techniques and Processes
    • Unit 10 (specialist unit/mandatory) Lighting for Photography
    • Unit 11 (specialist unit/mandatory) Photographic Practices        

    Specialist Units:

    • Unit 28: Communication in Art & Design
    • Unit 31: Visual Narratives

    Attendance and additional study hours: This is a full time programme, usually timetabled so students attend classes over 2 days per week. Learners are encouraged to access the Art and Design studios; HE Centre and library outside of taught sessions to realise their projects fully. Classes are usually between the hours of 8.50am- 4:10pm. Full attendance and punctuality are a fundamental requirement. Study hours are made up from taught hours and independent study hours.


  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments; portfolios; examinations and presentations. Please refer to the Course Specification for information on assessment for this course.

  • Further Information

    The course covers a wide variety of creative photographic practice and contains some core units on personal and professional development. The course is achieved through completing assignments set by course tutors on a wide variety of topics, these assignments are designed in such a way to enable students to express themselves photographically where possible in their specific genre of interest. Students will also experience location shoots with professional photographers, studio workshops and digital imaging, learning a wide range of skills to be competitive in the current photographic world.

    Over the one year course students are expected to work with increasing independence whilst still having regular taught and tutorial sessions. Sketchbooks and journals are used for concept development, design research, problem solving and presentation of art and design ideas. Students have the opportunity to join the photography marketing team to cover a number of community and commercial events, paid and unpaid, to build their portfolio, and gain experience of photographic work.

  • Other details

    The career opportunities are varied and depend greatly on individual interests and long-term goals. You may wish to set up as a Freelance Photographer, photographing weddings and events (£12,000+ earnings varied) or seek employment as an Assistant Photographer (£12,000-£17,000), working alongside a professional photographer on a variety of projects. Other career paths may include Advertising and Editorial Photographer (£18,000-£50,000), Press Photographer or Photojournalist (£18,000+), Medical Photographer, Photographic Stylist (earnings variable) or a Unit Stills Photographer, working on film sets to create promotional images.

    Alternative opportunities include a Picture Library Assistant and Manager or a Professional Image Retoucher (£12,000+).

    If you wish to continue your studies there is the option undertaking a HND top up year.

    Salary info from the National Careers Service website.

  • What do I do next?

    To join this course you will first have to register with UCAS at and then apply through UCAS. (Choose: Sign In–Students–Undergraduate–Apply–Register and follow the instructions.) You will then receive a confirmation email from UCAS and the College will be in contact with an interview date. Current Shrewsbury Colleges Group students should seek support from their tutor before applying.

    If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the programme most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Samantha Shoulder

Samantha Shoulder

HNC in Fashion and Textiles

The course has given me great opportunities to explore different fashion and textile techniques with support from experienced tutors. It has helped me advance both my skills and confidence in current industry standards.

Rhianne Stubbs

Rhianne Stubbs

A Level Fine Art (Biology and English Literature)
Previous Institution: Priory School

Art at Shrewsbury Colleges Group is so expansive, it’s not just all about portraiture. Your ideas can be endless and the teachers allow you to explore all forms. I really enjoy A Level Art, it’s something I do at College and a hobby for me at home.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Printmaking Workshop

I have learnt many new techniques whilst on the printmaking course with Jay. We have been able to explore individual ideas with just the right amount of support and guidance in a relaxed and creative environment. I am excited to continue printing at home, having discovered a process I love.

Megan Butler

Megan Butler

A Level Fine Art (Graphic Communication, Spanish)
Previous Institution: Bishop's Castle Community College

The A Level course is so much more in-depth than GCSE – which is great. I will be taking a gap year and travelling, then I would like to explore Interior Design as a career. My final pieces focused on architecture and windows using stencils and digital art. Digital art is something that I really appreciated learning about.

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