Agitating the Further Education Curriculum

20 October 2019

SIG: Documentary

Chesterfield College courses follow UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology (Photography). The graded assessments are loaded towards the end of the course which prevents students that are new to photography from being at a disadvantage.

Year one, (16 years plus) covers technique, media law, decisive moment etc. Major projects include the production of a documentary style photo book themed around ‘Sense of Place’ and a portfolio project of personal interest. Previous projects have encompassed street, macro and landscape.

Year two requires that students explore business skills, visual language, audience, contextual studies and semiotics around two main projects: specialist studio and specialist location practice. Finally, they pursue a project of personal interest. Second year students are enrolled as RPS affiliated members with a route to RPS Licentiateship. The Chesterfield College RPS affiliation is fairly new but has already proved to support students’ learning.


You can read more about the course and see work by some of the students in the latest edition of The Decisive Moment, the Documentary Group quarterly journal. Just click the link: Agitating the FE Curriculum - Matthew Taylor, Chesterfield College