Digital Photography

Reasons to study this course

  • You will learn how to make effective use of a camera according to circumstances and intentions.
  • You will learn how to compose and refine photographic images, both in camera and through sensitive manipulation on the computer and using hand-rendered processes.
  • You will gain an understanding of other photographers’ work; using it as an influence for your own photography.
  • Students on this programme progress to university to study Photography or into photographic or art and design-related employment.

What you will need to study this course

  • commitment to, and passion for, photography
  • your own digital camera, which should be of appropriate quality
  • willingness to work hard
  • excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique
  • ability to undertake photographic assignments out of college (usually at the weekends) is essential as this forms the basis of coursework

What you will study

Practical photographic work covering topics such as environments, portraiture, landscape, still-life, documentary, photojournalism and experimental imagery.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – coursework

Year 2 (A-Level) – coursework and an exam project


Students can progress directly onto photography-related degree courses at university after they have completed their A-Levels. Some universities prefer students to take an Art Foundation course prior to starting a degree to broaden their experience.

Priestley Extra

As well as research trips and gallery visits, we invite speakers from universities and from industry to talk to you about career possibilities. So if you enjoy being creative, are hard working, have a keen interest in photography and want to learn how to use industry standard photo manipulation software, choose Digital Photography.

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