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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3PHO (2022)
  • Who is it for?

    This course is primarily designed for students who have completed their GCSEs and are intent on pursuing a career in photography. During the first year students will take a broad approach to art and design and experiment with different media. The course will include written assignments and research through active learning, both in class and through independent learning demonstrations, group and individual tutorials. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study GCSEs English and Maths.

    You will be introduced to a range of photographic approaches and techniques that will allow you to find personal areas of interest (such as portraiture, advertising, documentary or fine art photography) which you will explore and refine. The work of key historical and contemporary practitioners is introduced and discussed, and individual research in and around photography will back up your practical skills. A professional portfolio is produced, preparing you for degree level study or employment.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will require a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English Language and an Art subject, or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, at Merit, and a portfolio of art and design work.

    No previous photographic qualification is required.  It is advantageous to own a DSLR camera, although we do have a limited number available for overnight loans.

  • What does the course involve?

    The course covers the essential skills and knowledge required to progress into employment or higher education and will develop your competence and confidence in professional photography.

    Topics include: acquiring a broad understanding of photography, both contemporary and historical; how to research photography subjects; how to develop and realise visual ideas and own creative skills; how to market and promote yourself as a photographer; how to work in the studio and on location; the value of contextual study and professional practice.

    You will learn to control and use your digital and analogue SLR cameras in a variety of situations to achieve the best visual results. You will also gain experience in darkroom techniques including black and white film processing and printing and in digital post-production editing, working with digital imaging software, Photoshop and Light room to produce high quality photographic work.

    A strong focus is placed on experimentation and the course will enable you to explore areas of specific interest to you and express yourself within the photographic world. There is a written element to the course, and you will be required to produce sketchbooks/journals containing image research, image analysis and evaluations.

  • How is the course assessed?

    You will be assessed through continuous assessment and coursework.

  • How much does it cost?

    You will need a digital SLR camera to take part in this course, there will be additional costs when printing images and producing sketchbook work.

  • Additional Notes

    The course will take part in college trips and day trips to location shoots.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

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.

Georgia Hudson

Georgia Hudson

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous Institution: Priory School

Art is the subject that I felt most passionate about and I wanted to study it as a vocational course because I felt A Levels were not for me. I work on art whenever I can, at College and at home. I especially love working with charcoal and I was given the freedom to use this medium often. 

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.

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.

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