This course is an introduction to photography techniques and their creative application, through the use of 35mm film SLR or digital SLR (DSLR) cameras with full manual controls. On completion, you acheive a Level 2 Award in Photography.
This course would be useful for:
- Web and Graphic Designers
- Film Makers
- Fashion Designers
- and anyone with a keen interest in photography
Taught elements, demonstrations and hands on practical tasks with tutor support.
This course will involve some personal study outside the class, including up-loading course work and project photography for on-line assessment and/ or feedback.
The course content will cover the use and function of apertures, shutter speeds, focusing, lenses and flash in the studio and on location. The course will include four specific assignments designed to further your knowledge and practical ability in these areas, including the study of a leading photographic practitioner.(Advisory note: Film camera users should note, most students will be using digital SLR (DSLR) cameras. The course content necessarily focuses on the specifics of using digital, i.e. histograms, white balance, file format etc. This does not preclude students using film but some aspects will be relevant only to digital users).
There are two assessed units comprising of some technical photography exercises and a personal photography project. This programme is assessed through online coursework, which involves some written elements. There are no exams.
You should have an interest in photography and the enthusiasm to learn new skills, as well as some experience of taking photographs.
You will need to speak to the course tutor, Dave Willis, prior to enrolment. He can be contacted via email:
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).
Course costs may include:
- Film camera users: Film, developing and printing.
- Travel to complete location work.
- A USB Memory Stick, and other removable media (not more than 10 pounds).
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
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2018/19 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2019/20 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/18
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course