Have you ever been intrigued by the many buttons on your camera and baffled by the jargon in the instruction manual?
If this is the case our level 2 photography programme is just right for you.
As well as learning about how to take control of your camera, you will be introduced to many other aspects of photography such as lighting, composition, traditional darkroom and digital editing. You will also be able to use our great resources and facilities in the process.
You will receive introductions to past and contemporary practices in photography to help you on the way to becoming a serious amateur or perhaps even a professional. In this respect you may be able to progress onto our more advanced programmes such as the National Diploma or the HNC.
Following your application you will be invited for an interview where you can get more detailed information and discuss your own requirements. You do not need to have a lot of previous experience in photography but it will be useful for you to discuss and demonstrate your interest in photography
Please note that in order to be considered for a place you need to have access to a DSLR camera and to have a good level of English & Maths. As this course leads to a qualification you will also need to dedicate an extra day per week for the completion of research and homework.
This part time course (you must be over 19 to attend) introduces the learner to the basic techniques of photographic images capture, light control and the rules behind effective image production.
The course runs one day per week for 2 terms during which 3 units are undertaken:
- Unit 1: Explore photographic equipment, techniques, materials
- Unit 2: Develop & adapt Photographic Ideas
- Unit 3: Studio Photography
What background and qualifications do you need to join?,
Available to over 19 years old applicants only
Places on the course are subject to interview.
Although you do not need any previous experience, you need to show evidence of your interest in the field of photography. You will be invited to an interview and will be advised what items to submit at the interview session.
In addition you will need to show evidence of GCSE A-C in English & Maths or equivalent
What does the course lead to?
Following successful completion of the level 2 you may be able to enrol on our National Diploma in Photography or our HNC in Photography.
The course will also provide you with the initial & basic technical skills to eventually embark on a freelance career
Where will I study?
At the Chelsea Centre where there will be opportunities during the sessions to use the photographic studio, the daylight darkroom and/or the traditional darkroom depending on the structure of the programme
Also: off-site exhibition visit and location shoot.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
Fully equipped studio (elinchrom flash head), BW traditional darkroom
How much should I study outside class?
You need to be able to dedicate an extra day per week to the completion of home work
How is the course assessed?
Written feedback follows submission of workbook at the end of each unit, verbal formative assessment throughout on submission of project work.
Are any course materials online?
All course materials and information are available on Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will need access to an SLR camera
Recommended reading will be listed on the project briefs
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
In addition to the course fees, you will pay a studio fee of £30.00
You are also liable for the cost related to the production and presentation of your images (camera, flash cards, props, printing, presentation material, exhibition entry costs etc..)
All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they:
- Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
- Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications.
- Meet the course entry requirements
How to apply
Please press the apply now button and fill in the application form. We will contact you to arrange an interview.
If offered a place on the course, you then pay and this completes the enrolment process.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
You will be told what to bring with you in a letter when you are invited for interview.
Supporting our learners
Being a student at KCC, means you can expect a caring, friendly, inclusive learning environment.
We will support you throughout your studies with us.
Our students benefit from:
- Tutorial Support
- Information advice and Guidance
- Counselling and personal support
- Access to learner support services
- Libraries at Kensington and Chelsea providing collections of books, journals, DVDs and access to PCs and on line learning materials
Financial support may be available to you. Please contact an Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) advisor on 020 7573 5325 who will be able to give you information about charitable trusts, Career development loans, Education Maintenance Allowance (16-19 year olds) and Learner Support fund (helps eligible students with child care costs, travel and material costs) and other schemes that may be able to help you regarding financial matters.
Additional Learning Support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties
KCC is committed to improving access to learning for all our students. Please tell us if you have any access requirements at any stage of the application process. The additional learning support team can provide help and information regarding your individual needs. For example, the team can provide information on hearing loop facilities, communication support (e.g. BSL), dyslexia support, physical access, equipment/software (e.g. JAWS).