We have a range of Photography courses in London at all levels.

There are full time, part time and evening programmes leading to a qualification, as well as photography workshops and specialist short courses in digital photography, studio lighting, darkroom and alternative processes. Short digital and darkroom classes are suitable for beginners, but there are advanced and master class photography workshops as well.

Our tutors are highly experienced photography practitioners offering a unique insight into the photographic medium.

We are well resourced both in digital and analogue (traditional film) photography. Our studio has Elinchrom studio flash, Hi-Glide lighting support, radio triggers and meters.

The photography digital suite has Apple Mac computers (running Photoshop), Eizo colour managed monitors and film scanners.

The photography darkroom has enlargers for 35mm and medium format film and printing on resin coated as well as fibre papers, film processing and film scanners all in the same facility.

Students from our courses regularly go on to higher education or become working freelance photographers, an achievement indeed in a very competitive environment. If you are interested in anything photographic, we may have the course for you.

Course Overview

The National Diploma course in Photography is an intensive 1 year course which covers digital and analogue imaging, portraiture, landscape, documentary and fashion. You will do studio, darkroom and digital work which will give you the basic toolkit to become a working photographer or move forward towards a higher level course such as an HNC or BA in Photography. Taught by a strong team of working freelance photographers, the course is supported by a well-equipped studio, black and white darkroom and digital facilities. Although completion of previous photography courses is an advantage, it is not essential for this course but you will need a strong portfolio and a good grasp of the basic techniques in photography.

This is a full time photography course leading to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Photography. Every aspect of photography is covered here from using a camera, studio, darkroom and digital darkroom through to looking at the work of other photographers and how to present a professional portfolio including both a digital portfolio and a blog. Current photographic practice is discussed and used together with traditional and alternative processes to help you find your own voice. The course is project based, some of which will be live projects with real deadlines. There are twelve units offered in total over the course. These cover the specialist areas and include studio lighting, digital workflows and manipulation, traditional wet darkroom processes as well as contextual studies units looking at the work of other photographers and artists. Uniquely, we offer life drawing (which improves understanding of lighting) and photo etching as part of this course.

An initial 4 week unit brings everyone up to speed with a revision and update on camera skills, basic lighting (including hand held flash) and composition together with an introduction to digital post production and darkroom work.

After that unit, the course leads into studio and location work together with introducing contextual studies and, during November, there is a trip to Paris Photo (the biggest event in the photo calendar), this is an optional, but worthwhile.

Later in the course we will introduce digital manipulation using Photoshop and ACR together with traditional wet darkroom work. The course will then include some professional practice, working with real clients, and experimental units together with portfolio development. All in all, a solid grounding in Photography for those wishing to progress in the industry or go on to study photography at university level.

What are the units?

There are a total of twelve units consisting of a range of mandatory Art and Design units designed to expand your contextual and visual language and these are combined with sprecialist units in Photoshop, studio, darkroom, location work and experimental techniques.

What does the course lead to?

This is a professional level course which could lead to freelance work in photography or a place in higher education. You could use it to access higher education including the Photography HNC run at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Where will I study?

The course is based at our Chelsea Centre however, there are location trips and gallery visits.

What are the facilities and equipment like?

Studio: Flash equipped studio with Elinchrom system, Hi-Glide support, radio triggers and meters. Medium format cameras are available for studio use.

Digital Suite: Mac equipment using Photoshop CS6 (with ACR), film and flatbed scanners (all sizes up to 10 x 8).

Wet Darkroom: A wet darkroom with 35mm to medium format enlargers, film processing up to 5″ x 4″ and film scanners. Resin and Fibre based processing and drying systems and support for alternative processes, filtered water and hospital grade air cleaning facilities.

Who are the tutor team

Our key tutors are working freelance professionals and have many years of freelance and teaching experience behind them.

Bruce Tanner – web www.brucetanner.com

blog www.brucetanner.org

Niki Sianni – web www.nikisianni.com

There will be additional tutors delivering specialist subjects within the course.

How much will I need to study outside class?

This is a part time course, however you will have to allocate some of your own time to accomplish the course work. You will be regularly set projects and research tasks that you will need to complete independently. This course is suitable for those ready to make that commitment.

How is the course assessed?

Each unit is assessed once it has been submitted, you can only pass the course if you have passed every unit. Assessment and feedback is delivered within 4 weeks of submission (unless submission is late).

Are any of the course materials on line?

All course materials are on-line and accessible via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). This allows you to access projects, background notes, links to galleries etc. 24 hours a day. During the first session of the course, you will be shown how to access the system and ways in which to make it useful to you.

What books and equipment do I need?

You need to have your own an SLR and/or DSLR camera. A medium format camera, flash and a range of lens for any of your cameras is useful, but not essential. You should have your own computer and you must have an email address. If you do not have a computer, there are many in our learning centre that you can use. A reading list of books and movies will be given to you.

What else do I need to buy/ What extra costs are there?

There is an additional studio fee of £50 towards central materials, which needs to be paid as the course starts (it rises to £100 if it is not paid during the first week). At the end of each unit you will have to submit a workbook with a good number of printouts and some photographic prints. This can be very expensive to produce so you should allow for these costs. When visiting exhibitions you might occasionally have to purchase a ticket.

What do I need to bring to the interview?

You will need to bring a small portfolio of your own photographic work. You will be given a short notice to shoot a quick project that you will also need to bring to the interview, as we want to see how you operate under pressure!

  • Campus: Chelsea Centre
  • Times: Tue-Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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8,500 GBP
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