Creative Practice: Photography UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course will provide you with a broad range of photographic skills and a comprehensive understanding of photography.

Discover how you can make photographs that challenge, inspire and enrich the viewer. On our vocational course you will learn how to use studio lighting, darkroom and location photography to name only three areas.

UAL Awarding Body  offers professional qualifications for anyone taking their first steps into the world of work, recognised by premier universities throughout the United Kingdom.

Each year, our students have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, “Arrival”.


You have the opportunity to join a two-year course that guides you through practical and theoretical aspects of image making. Many of our students go into HE (Higher Education) with the majority securing places at their first-choice universities. You will leave here with a portfolio of work proving your expertise so you may decide to start your photographic career immediately.

This course is the UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication.

 Throughout the course you will gain:

  • A critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within the arts industry both historical and contemporary
  • Skills in research, analysis and evaluation to assist in your development of creative solutions
  • An ability to adapt and safely use appropriate materials, techniques and processes necessary for the creative production and application of art
  • Reflective and evaluative skills to help you to help you to take responsibility of your individual learning development and decision-making, planning and time management
  • Practical 2D and 3D skills through research, experimentation and design

The UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication qualification is designed to provide the opportunity, knowledge, skills and understanding to progress onto higher level qualifications or as a route into employment.

Throughout the two years you will have both internally and externally set units of work in a wide range of art practices. Successful achievement requires the demonstration of a depth of study in each unit, a range of practical skills and the successful development of written reflection and evaluation. At the end of the two years the full qualification will be equivalent in size to three full A levels.

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. They design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.

UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation and currently offers qualifications in Art and Design, Fashion Business and Retail, Creative Media Production and Technology, Music Performance and Production and Performing and Production Arts. They are also the UK’s leading provider of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Their qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

You need to have 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English and maths, with a keen interest and evidence in the subject (example of work or portfolio).


Explore your career progression options

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Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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