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The photography industry offers an extensive range of employment opportunities from traditional photographer roles in commercial, fashion, or fine art photography, to supporting and commercial roles such as photography retail, image retouching, image laboratory work and printing, and graphic design.

Photography is part of the multi-billion-pound UK creative industries. As a photographer you could be self-employed and run your own studio or work for a company in many different ways such as for social media, news reporting, magazines, weddings and so much more.

Studying photography enhances your creative, social and cultural understanding, while developing your specialist technical knowledge around equipment, techniques and style.

Taught by Experts

Tutors are practising photographers with many years of experience.

Briefs from Industry

Work with briefs taken from industry.

Darkroom and Digital

Process and print film shots in a traditional darkroom.

Photography Career

Learn key skills and progress to work or higher education.

Key information

You will work towards a prestigious creative level 3 qualification whilst also learning key photography skills to ready you for work or higher education.

You will shoot, process and print your own film in our state-of-the-art darkroom. You will learn the essentials of studio lighting using our in-house studios and lighting equipment. You will learn key digital image processing and management skills through exciting and challenging industry-based assignment briefs. You will take part in both individual and collaborative working projects, developing a range of creative and transferable skills.

You are required to undertake work experience as part of the programme. Camera equipment will be provided, but you will need to bring some essential art kit items including sketchbooks. Owning your own camera is not essential but is recommended.

You can become a…

  • Self-employed photographer
  • Wedding photographer
  • Commercial photographer
  • Reportage photographer
  • Product photographer
  • Fashion photographer
  • Fine art photographer
  • Photography assistant
  • Processing lab technician
  • Social media officer

Take the next step with a career in Photography

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You don’t just need to have left school to become an apprentice, we have apprenticeship offers for all ages and are a great way for adults to retrain for a new career. Whatever destination you’ve set your sights on, an apprenticeship will help you get there.

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Why SSC?

At South Staffordshire College our students come first, and everything we do is aimed at helping you to realise your full potential. We are about careers not courses and our expert staff will make sure you have the skills and knowledge needed to give you that competitive edge for when you start your career within your chosen industry.

As a school leaver, you will be treated as an adult, within a friendly and supportive environment. You’ll enjoy more freedom and independence, and you’ll make many new friends, all with the same passion and journey ahead as you. As an adult, we understand you may feel uneasy about returning to education, but there is no need to be. We have smaller class sizes and supportive tutors to make you feel very welcome.

#CreateYourCareer with us.

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