Photography - Foundation Degree

The Foundation Degree in Photography aims to provide students with a variety of practical skills and intellectual development. Plus, the knowledge and the understanding to become a successful, reflective practitioner.

You will gain the confidence to be able to work effectively with clients, and devise and carry through both professional and personal work. You will have the option to top-up your qualification to a BA (Hons) Degree for a third year of study.

The final year will allow you to explore the personal direction of your work in greater depth. The photography department at North Kent College offers excellent tutorial support and workshops in specialist areas. This includes; studio practice, lighting on location, visual communication, concepts in photography and critical thinking.

We regularly visit galleries and currently hold our own photography exhibitions in London each year. This will provide you with the opportunity to showcase your photography to industry professionals, as well as your creative peers. Stock photography company Alamy has given lectures and students also receive 100% royalties for their first two years

Aims of programme

to enable students to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate for effective professional photography.
to provide opportunities for creative development through a range of assignments and other work.
to provide students with work-based learning experiences at an appropriate level that contributes to their creative and professional development.
to provide students with opportunities for research and experimentation as they explore the potential of photography.
to develop critical thinking skills in students to enable them to reflect on their own and others photographic practice.
to enable students to produce a portfolio of work illustrating a balanced and diverse range of skills for progression to employment or further study.
to enable students to progress to Level 3 of the BA (Hons) Photography with the University of Greenwich at North West Kent College and other relevant programmes.
to develop transferable skills essential for the successful performance in professional practice.
in liaison with photographic practitioners, to review and incorporate new content through the development of the programme.

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Programme contents

Level 4

Photographic Techniques, Materials and Processes (30 Credits)
Contextual Studies (30 Credits)
Concepts in Photography 1 (30 Credits)
Work Based Learning 1 (30 Credits)

Level 5

Photographic Practice for Media and Publication (30 Credits)
Critical Studies (30 Credits)
Concepts in Photography 2 (30 Credits)
Work Based Learning 2 (30 Credits)

Awarding body

University of Greenwich

Entry requirements

Students under 21:

80 UCAS points, of which no more than 10 points should come from AS levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered.

Progression / Careers

You can top-up the Foundation Degree to a full BA (Hons) Degree at the College. Examples of careers include; portrait, fashion, press, stock and freelance photography, as well as picture editing and retouching. Many of our leavers go on to become self-employed photographers.


£6165.00 per academic year (paid direct to University of Greenwich)

Modes of assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used that include practical assignments, contextual research, presentations to the group and tutors, and through written assignments.

Additional information


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.