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Meet new people, capture a moment, share your perspective, explore new places and challenge yourself! Photography gives you that opportunity to say a thousand different things and tell a story in one image.

The beauty of photography is that there’s always something new to challenge you and push you to achieve more. When it’s new equipment, you need to learn how to use it. It may be a be a new location for a photo shoot which might put you out of your comfort zone.
You will learn new things not only about photography but about yourself as you match your creative, and communication skills alongside your emerging technical ability.
The study of Photography is integral to all our vibrant and exciting Art and Design courses. Initially, you will gain a broad Art and Design skill base, developing briefs and ideas in a variety of subjects, including Digital and 3D Design, Fine Art and Fashion and Textiles. You will try new techniques and approaches to widen your creative perspective and thoroughly prepare you for your chosen specialist field of Photography.
The Photography Suite includes 5k iMac computers, Adobe Creative Cloud inc Photoshop & Lightroom, Photography Studio with professional lighting, Nikon digital cameras and large format digital printer.

To enhance your studies, you will also have access to fantastic, industry standard facilities such as a Commercial Graphics Studio, 3D Modelling and & Animation Suite with Adobe Creative Cloud, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design Studios with a 3D printer and laser cutter as well as individual Fine Art spaces.

Artists and practitioners come to College to talk about their work and experience. We work with galleries, universities and businesses to ensure you have the opportunity to showcase your work. Our annual End of Year Show gives you the opportunity to display your best work in a professional environment.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs 9-4 or Art & Design Level 2 (Merit/Distinction) including English or maths GCSEs 9-4 and Art/Design Technology GCSE 9-5 Portfolio of Art & Design work
  • Level 2 – 4 GCSEs 9-3 including Art/Design Technology or Art & Design Level 1 Diploma including English & Maths GCSEs 9-2 and Portfolio of Art & Design work
  • Level 1 – 4 GCSEs 9-1 including English & maths Portfolio of Art & Design work

What you will study

  • Introduction to Materials, Processes & Skills
  • Introduction to Contextual Research
  • Introduction to Communication Skills
  • Solving 2D Creative Problems
  • Solving 3D Creative Problems
  • Solving Time-based Creative Problems
  • Art, Design & Media (Final Major Project)
  • Introduction to Materials, Processes & Technical Skills
  • Introduction to Contextual Research
  • Introduction to Drawing Skills
  • Introduction to Communication Skills
  • Solving 2D Creative Problems
  • Solving 3D Creative Problems
  • Solving Time-based Creative Problems
  • Developing a Personal Project (Final Major Project)
  • The Creative Process
  • Developing Creative Practice
  • Responding to a Set Brief
  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Experimental
  • Documentary
  • Studio
  • Time-based Media
  • Researching a Specialist Industry Practice
  • Specialist Technical Skills Development
  • Specialist Creative Outcome

What's Next?

Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.

Further Study

  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Level 3/4)
  • Photography BA (Hons)
  • Creative Industries BA (Hons)


  • Freelance Photographer
  • Agency Photographer
  • Studio/Portrait Photographer
  • Photojournalist
Meet the team
  •   Presenting Keira Heckman with her T&A Award   •   Winner! Keira Heckman – Star Student of the Year (over 16)   •   Congratulations Keira Heckman, T&A Education Awards Nominee