The course is aimed at both experienced and novice DSLR photographers who want to learn or refresh basic camera skills to high level of competence.
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 2 units to complete; the first unit includes projects 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.
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 both units of work, meeting all the assessment criteria, which will result in a Level 2 Award in Photography from UAL (University of the Arts, London). 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 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
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:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
- Were aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
- Were aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
See the Student Money pages for more information.
Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
For further information please see www.gov.uk/student-finance.
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.