NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Photography
Level 3 Diploma in Photography meets the definition of a technical qualification as it provides the knowledge, understanding and skills in photography to progress to higher education or employment.
The qualification enables learners to develop advanced photography knowledge and skills and how to use tools and equipment competently and safely.
The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has endorsed this qualification; the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Photography is a recognised exemption for the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). The RPS Distinctions are recognised as the most prestigious in the photographic world.
Aims of the Course
These are to:
- Develop learners’ photography skills and use of techniques to an advanced level. This will be done through detailed research and investigation of a range of ideas, exploration and use of techniques to develop a visual portfolio
- Stretch the learners creative and intellectual abilities, eg communication, innovation and critical evaluation
- Allow learners to research options for employment in the industry
- Provide the learner with the opportunity for personal development through response to design briefs, critical awareness of self and the ability to be reflective
- Explore the creative effects of using camera controls and the visual effects produced by using different lenses
- Provide the learner with a basis for progression onto further study
This qualification consists of 5 mandatory units and 4 optional units. Mandatory Units are:
- Use camera techniques to creatively control visual outcomes
- Print and present a portfolio of photographs
- Plan and complete a photographic project
- Safety in the workplace for photography
- Awareness of employment in the creative media sector
Learners must also choose at least 4 units from the following optional units:
- Studio photography
- Location photography
- Commercial photography
- Documentary photography
- Experimental and alternative process photography
- Presenting a portfolio of photographic images
- Image documentation and storage
- The history of photography
How the Course is Delivered
This course is delivered via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations and web links. Online tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where learners can interact with the tutors, get feedback on their progress and submit their work electronically. This helps you to build the relevant skills progressively, as you receive feedback and support from your tutor during this time.
Face to face interactions will be conducted through video sessions.
A mix of assessments will be used – portfolio of evidence, presentations.