Photography - FdA [Full-Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W640


If you have a passion for photography, this programme will give you a solid foundation in technical and creative skills. Working within a professional environment, you will learn how to use a range of equipment and technology. This will help you realise your potential to work and succeed within the photographic industry.
The Foundation Degree is a qualification intended to prepare graduates for employment. This course has been designed in consultation with professional practitioners and industry partners. It includes work based learning and placements, which are supported by academic study. There are also opportunities for study tours, seminars and project linked professional visits from local and national photographers as well as visiting London studios and photographers. Optional enrichment trips happen throughout the programme, recent examples include Paris Photo Festival, Amsterdam and Krakow.







This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

 As part of our work ready guarantee you will undertake a variety of industry linked projects and live briefs with employers giving you valuable experience of working as a practitioner within the photographic industry.

Work placements with local photographers, agencies and publications provide the opportunity to hone your skills. Previous placements have included; Alex Telfer Photography, Critical Tortoise Photography, Magenta Studios Newcastle, Spring Studios London, Stanleys Post Retouchers London, the Evening Chronicle and Venture Portraits.

This course is affiliated to the Association of Photographers and the British Institute of Professional Photographers.

Who the course is for

The course is designed for individuals that have a passion for photography and want to pursue a career within the sector. We are looking for motivated, interesting and informed applicants who embrace their subject and are willing to commit to a programme of study that will allow progression either in to employment or Level 6 study.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Photography.

"I obtained key photography skills from this course which are transferable to the photography industry."

Kay Sanza
FdA Photography (Full Time)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Assistant Photographer - £11,000-£22,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Photographer - £26,000-£35,000

Senior Level Role

Senior/Freelance Photographer - £40,000-£100,000

How to Apply


UCAS will begin to accept applications for 2018 entry from September 2017. Applications for 2018 entry will need to be made using the web-based on-line application system

When you apply, you will need the UCAS code for your chosen course (see the course listing in the prospectus). You will also need Newcastle College’s institution name and code.

The institution name is NCAST.
The institution code is N23.

If you have any problems with the online application, contact UCAS by phone: 0871 4680 468  or email:

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Year 1
• Personal Development/Recognition of Prior Learning
• Work Related Learning
• Practice Enrichment
• Contextual Studies 1
• Digital Skills Acquisition
• Location Photography
• Studio Portraiture
Year 2
• Professional Development
• Work-Based Learning
• Alternative Techniques Advertising
• Contextual Studies 2
• Digital Skills Application
Optional modules include:
• Photographic Portfolio Production
• Photographic Exhibition
• Moving Image
• Reportage Photography



Learning Methods

You will learn in a variety of ways including via practical project-based learning and e-learning. You will develop relevant practical skills underpinned with theoretical knowledge in order to prepare you for a rapidly evolving industry across a variety of photography settings. Learning takes place in classrooms, and in our digital CAD suite. You will also participate in practical sessions, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in presentation and increasing self-confidence.
You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including written practical assignments, presentations, peer work and independent study.
You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.


Assessment Methods

You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including written practical assignments, presentations, peer work and independent study.
You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through one of our one-year BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up) degrees.

Career Opportunities

Former students are now working as photographers’ assistants, digital operators, stylists, freelance photographers, set builders, location finders, photography agents, and are employed across associated areas of the industry.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You are not required to own photographic equipment as we provide access to this but it would be useful for students to invest in their own equipment as they progress on the course.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.