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Programme Description


UCAS Code: C22

Course Code: CAPH

A recent addition to our portfolio of university level programmes is the Certificate of Higher Education.

This is a Level 4 stand alone qualification that is basically the first year of our Degree Programmes. The course can be studied on a full time basis over one academic year, or part time over two years and will enable those students who are unable to commit to studying for a full BA Honours degree to have an understanding of, and learn the basic skills required in Photography.  

Embracing a broad-based visual, conceptual and technical approach that reflects the developments and trends of twenty-first century photographic practice. Course content fully integrates modern digital and analogue  technologies with traditional working practices.

Students leave with a portfolio demonstrating personal identity, crucial to securing vocational success and employment, with transferable, specialist, practical skills upon which to base the next phase of their career development.

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  1 year full time, 2 years part time

 Jobs Well Campus 

Programme Features


Well resourced with a range of professional cameras, studio and location lighting for contemporary photography, including dedicated computer resources with industry standard software for professional digital darkroom work, creative image processing and also traditional darkroom with analogue methods of working to reflect renewed interest in silver photography.

Students will have opportunities to explore expressive image making for art practice, whilst also being conscious of the broader potential for a visually orientated society of multimedia consumers, as well as professional photography practice for the freelance and creative industries. A wide breadth of photographic approaches offers opportunities to work in documentary, fashion, editorial and fine art photography, thereby engendering vocational potentials and sustainable employability.


Programme Content


A skills based year delivered through a series of workshops. The year comprises of seven modules including Practical Photography, Editorial Photography, Developing Visual Language, Digital Processes, Creative Digital Practice (used within photography), Learning in the Digital Era and Creative Project.

Progression & Employment


On the successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education, students can progress to level 5 of the full degree if chosen to do so.

Upon completing the full BA (Hons) Degree (years 2 & 3) students often take this forward, with the career prospects of becoming a: Fine Art Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Documentary Photographer, Photojournalist, Advertising Photographer, Stills Photographer for film & television, Wildlife / Landscape Photographer, Teacher/Lecturer, Postgraduate study (MA, PhD). 

Recent graduates have been recognised in a number of high profile awards, including BAFTA Cymru, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Award,  The World Photography Organisation, The Printspace Trajectory Award, and The Association of Photographers. These have also been recognised for commissions by The Senedd, The National Museum of Wales / The National Portrait Gallery, and Ffotogallery, amongst many other successes.


Method of Assessment


Assessment is ongoing through workshop plenary sessions, critiques, formative and summative assessment with aural and written feedback.

Entry Requirements


Tariff score points accepted: A minimum of 96 points or equivalent portfolio ability for mature applicants.

All full time applicants need to apply online through UCAS.

Part time students apply through the college application system https://www.colegsirgar.ac.uk/index.php/en/application-form 

Programme Directors interview every applicant and discuss your portfolio of artwork and ambitions with you. This is a vital part of our selection process to ensure that the course is right for you and you are right for the course. 

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/photography.carmarthen/

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https://twitter.com/PHOTO_CSOA

Additional Costs


There is no additional Studio fee. However, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for specialist materials, printing and for course related excursions.