This course in photography covers a wide range of specialist areas and disciplines, from traditional photographic processes to digital photography. The course allows learners to gain an understanding of both traditional and contemporary practice and will give students the opportunity to gain valuable visual language skills through the exploration of the work of other artists, photographers and designers.

You will undertake a range of assignments that will introduce you to a variety of photographic genres including experimental and mixed media photography, portrait, landscape and advertising photography.

This hands-on, practical photography course will give you the skills and knowledge to progress onto a photography degree programme, or to gain work in the photographic and creative  industries.


A large fully equipped photographic studio, B&W film processing and darkroom printing facilities, photographic store giving you access to a range of equipment including film and digital cameras, and a digital suite equipped with Adobe CC software.


Photography students recently took part in some fantastic external projects as part of their units of study and gained valuable experience working to professional client briefs including:

  • English Heritage
  • Proper Vintage Styling
  • Isle of Wight Cricket Board
  • Hair and Beauty Department @ IWCollege
  • Gino Washington and the Ram Jam Band

Industry Standard Assignments

Photography students recently took part in some fantastic external projects as part of their units of study and gained…

Posted by The Isle of Wight College on Thursday, 28 November 2019

Liv Pennells, Year 2

English Heritage asked the course to generate imagery of Osborne House.  In addition to recording this stunning building, Liv used the singular backdrop as an opportunity to shoot photographs that included dayita, a unique visual artist who creates electronic dance music with contemporary dance.

Ross Dunford, Year 2

Ross recently completed a photoshoot for local business Proper Vintage Styling, a prop hire, consultancy & styling service.

Jim Elston and Aidan Wright, Year 2

Jim and Aidan collaborated on a set industry standard assignment that asked them to create imagery for a well-known brand.  Their choice was Hovis.  This concept is the promotion of the vitality of the bread with the image of the ’exploding with goodness’ sandwich.

…they’ve shown a great example of just how flexible bread can be through the use of the various ingredients and pairings available to make a fantastic sandwich. It’s great that they’ve chosen to promote the sandwich as this continues to be the most popular option for a lunchtime meal in the UK.

The focus around healthier ingredients is extremely relevant as we continue to see ‘health’ growing as a macro trend as consumers are increasingly making health-conscious decisions and purchases.

Feedback from Hovis Bakery


NEW! The Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media

This is a Level 3 / 4 course, for students who have studied A Level, a level 3 Diploma or who want to return to Art education to prepare for Higher Education or employment.

This course is broad and experimental.  It aims to develop your creative and critical thinking skills. It is for those students who may want to specialise in the following subjects:  Graphic Design, Digital Design, Multimedia, Photography, Textiles, Fine Art, 3D Design, Concept Art, Illustration, Architecture and Spatial Design

New! HND Creative Media and Technology

This Higher National Diploma is a new and exciting course that focuses both on the creative and technical side of digital media to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in creative sectors such as Animation, web and Film, and adapt to a constantly changing world.

All of our Art students will study in our impressive purpose-built facilities.

For further information on these new courses please email:

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