Diploma in Photography, Graphics & Illustration

Qualification: UAL Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

The Level 3 UAL Diploma in Photography, Graphics & Illustration has been created with photographers and graphic design companies to prepare you with the skills and technical ability required for employment in the sector. It is equivalent to three A-Levels and is also a recognised route to degree level study.

This course is highly practical and studio based but does also include theory classes, visits to galleries, exhibitions and museums and written work in the form of sketchbooks and essays. You will get to showcase your work to the public, local employers and higher education institutions at our end of year exhibition.

If you wish to continue your studies you can apply for the 2nd year (Extended Diploma in Photography, Graphics and Illustration). 


What you will learn
  • Work to live client briefs
  • Exercise digital and drawing skills
  • Photography – traditional and contemporary
  • Film processing and dark room work
  • Digital processing of images
  • Print making
  • Mix media
  • Digital media
  • 3D
  • End of year exhibition

Specialist units:

  • Photo journalism
  • Reportage
  • Fine art photography
  • Advertising
  • Commercial photography
  • Well equipped art studios
  • Large and fully equipped photography studio
  • Photography dark room
  • Suite of Apple Macs
  • Gallery exhibition space
Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 (including English), or
  • Level 2 in Art and Design (including Level 2 in Literacy)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
04/09/17 2 years (combined with Extended Diploma) Main
What next?
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography, Graphics and Illustration (2nd year of study)
  • Photography or Graphic Design Degree at university
  • Work as a freelance photographer, photographic assistant, picture editor, trainee photo journalist, image curator
Additional information

It would useful to have your own D-SLR. However, it is not essential as we offer a range of Canon and Nikon D-SLRs and Film cameras that can be loaned out. Preferably you would have your own drawing set, including a range of pencils, charcoal, colour marker pens in a range of sized nibs, a sketchbook, watercolour paints, and a range of paint brushes.

While we do have some available at college to use, they are in high demand, so for convenience, a graphics tablet that is compatible with Macs and a camera is recommended.