Photography and Video Foundation Degree (FdA)

About the course

  • Closely linked to current industrial and commercial practice

  • Enhances the skills of practising photographers and video makers

  • Gives the opportunity to progress to the final year of Photography and Video BA (Hons)

This course gives you the opportunity to further develop and explore your abilities in photographic and video practice. Your skills will be developed through practical assignments that are linked to current industrial and commercial practice. You will also produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creativity in contemporary imaging technology.

The course is an excellent opportunity to pursue Higher Education study in photography or video-related subjects. It also allows practising photographers and video makers to gain a professional qualification while working in the industry.

Key facts

Duration: Two years full-time, three years part-time

Location: Leicester College

Entry and admission criteria


A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 80 UCAS points, including one A Level or
  • National Diploma or Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

Five GCSEs grades A*- C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Interview required: Yes, if UK based

International Students
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Teaching and assessment

All modules are project-based with learning linked to assessment criteria. Teaching is tutorial-based and supported by lectures. Personal investigative research and the development of skills enhance the balance between the practical and the academic. The development of a portfolio with college and work-based material is seen as a focus for personal development.

Feedback is a key part of the teaching process and provides an essential support mechanism. You have contact with tutors through lectures, tutorials and studios, and you are also expected to engage in independent study. Although the balance of time will vary depending on the course and level of study, you will typically have 15 hours’ contact and undertake 25 hours of independent study each week.

Course modules

First year

  • Histories of Lens-Based Media
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Imaging Industries
  • Creative Applications

Photography option route:

  • Photographic Techniques 1
  • Computers in Photography.

Video option route:

  • Video Production 1
  • Multimedia 1
  • Introduction to Photography.

Second year

  • Contemporary Contexts: Lens Media
  • Work Experience
  • Negotiated Study

Photography option route:

  • Photographic Techniques 2
  • Photography in the Digital Environment
  • Advanced Video.

Video option route:

  • Video Production 2
  • Multimedia 2


Work experience and placements

As an integral part of building your knowledge and practice, guest lecturers and imaging practitioners are invited in to contribute to modules. The Professional Imaging Industries module builds realistic business and freelancing skills and you will undertake a minimum of 72 hours of self-negotiated industrial placement to complete a 15-credit Work Experience module.

Graduate careers

This Foundation Degree is a valued qualification, providing you with the knowledge and skills required for the discipline and practice of photography and video production. You also have the opportunity to progress to Photography and Video BA (Hons) at DMU.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Fees:  TBC

International Fees: TBC 

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Explore studio and creative applications, video production, digital imaging and traditional techniques.

How to apply

Please contact Leicester College for further details.

Contact details

Please contact Leicester College for further details.

T: +44 (0)116 224 2240

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