The course starts by teaching and reviewing the basic use and function of the camera. Creative short projects help students to become confident and competent with all their camera's settings and controls.
Later in the course you will be using professional studio lighting for portraits and learning digital post-production skills with Adobe Lightroom. Many photographers with good experience and knowledge benefit from this course and find it reinforces their existing skills.
There are 3 elements to complete, with an initial unit to learn and understand how to use shutter speeds for motion control, apertures to control depth of field and research skills to generate creative ideas. A second unit will enable students to pursue a personal photography project and put their new skills to use and a third unit will enable students to showcase their photography skills and display their work.
You will be introduced to the Wordpress on-line blog system to upload, review and receive feedback on all your work, which will involve home-study and practical photography outside of class.
Students are required to complete and meet all the assessment criteria, which will result in a Level 2 Award in (Creative Craft) Photography from NCFE. Your tutors are experienced photographers with a lot of industry and teaching experience. They will guide you through each unit to unsure you stay on-track and receive feedback and advice. Assessment is through on-going coursework and there are no exams.
There are no formal entry requirements. You should have an interest in photography and the enthusiasm to learn new skills, as well as some experience of taking photographs. You should have access to a modern DSLR camera. However, users of 35mm film SLR cameras, Range-Finder Cameras (e.g. Leicas), 'Bridge' DSLR-style cameras (e.g. Fuji Finepix) or medium-format cameras will also benefit, but with limitations in some areas (e.g. film, print and scanning costs, using studio facilities with non-SLR cameras and limited camera functionality).
After Your Course
After completing this course, you may wish to progress onto:
- Introduction to Film Making
- Create a Website for your Business
- Graphic Design Level 1,2 or 3
- Photography, Level 3
Full-Time Courses (3 days a week):
- Art & Design, Level 2
- Art & Design, Level 3
- Art & Design, Foundation Diploma
- HNC/ D Film & Photography
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.
Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:
- Have an annual salary of less than £20,319.
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another school/college.
- Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/23 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification.
- Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship.
See the Student Money pages for more information.