We offer a large range of photography courses in London at our Chelsea Centre. We have beginners, intermediate and advanced courses, some leading to a photography qualification. These run part time, evening and full time (including our highly regarded full time BTEC National Diploma in Photography). Additionally, we offer holiday photography courses in Greece. Our tutors are highly experienced photography practitioners offering a unique insight into the photography medium, their work is visible using the Staff Profiles link. We have well equipped studios, see resources below.
Short Courses In Photography
We have both beginners and introductory digital photography courses as well as more advanced digital photography courses which are offered both during the day and in the evening. We have studio based photography lighting courses dealing with portraiture, and a unique photography studio to darkroom course. Additionally, we run a range of photographic darkroom based courses including introductory darkroom workshops and advanced darkroom printing. We also run short alternative processes courses and one off darkroom courses at a variety of levels. At the digital post production end, we offer Photoshop for photographers.
Do take a look at the short courses in photography we have on offer, there is detailed information on each course, and others are being added all the time, so do return to this page.
Part Time Photography Courses Leading To A Qualification
Photography courses leading to a qualification are offered at levels 1, 2 and 3. These run during the day or in the evening. There are BTEC Level 1 courses in Photography with Level 2 and Level 3 courses certified by the University of the Arts, London (UAL). These courses cover camera skills, studio lighting, darkroom and digital editing and manipulation using Photoshop, and are combined with issues around composition and contextual studies looking at the work of other photographers.
Factsheets on these course are with each course listing.
Full Time BTEC National Diploma In Photography
Our full time BTEC National Diploma in Photography offers advanced camera skills, using hand held flash and studio flash with an emphasis on contextual studies and compositional ideas. The course includes traditional and alternative processes in a black and white darkroom, Photoshop, and professional practice sessions and experimental work culminating in a photography show. This course also includes a trip to Paris Photo as an optional extra. This is an excellent grounding in photography which you can use to gain entry to university or as the backbone to freelance practice.
We are a well resourced department.
The photography studio has Elinchrom studio flash, Hi-Glide lighting support, radio triggers and meters. The studio also has medium format film cameras for students use.
In the photography digital suite we have Apple Mac computers (running Photoshop and Bridge), 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.
Photography Courses starting soon:
- Basics: Darkroom Beginners ( 13TAP118-01 )
- Alternative Processes: Liquid Light ( 13TAP102-01 )
- Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop for Digital Photographers: Introduction ( 13TAP103-01 )
- Alternative Processes - Cyanotype ( 13TAP101-02 )
- Photography Level 1 ( 13TFP100-04 )
- Basic Digital Photography ( 13TAP017-03 )
- Improve your Digital Photography ( 13TAP019-03 )
- Darkroom Workshops: Printing ( 13TAP032-03 )
- Darkroom Workshops: Printing ( 13TAP032-04 )
Courses and Fees
Basics: Darkroom Beginners ( 13TAP118 )
Watching your first print emerge from the developing tray is a magic and unforgettable moment. If you have been caught up in the buzz around Lomography or Holga cameras, or if you have any other film camera and have never processed and printed your own pictures, this is the course for you. Even if you only shoot digitally, you still experience the darkroom by having your digital images converted to film here (www.firstcallphotographic.co.uk). No previous darkroom experience is needed.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP118-01 Chelsea Centre 28 Apr 14 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 B Tanner
Alternative Processes: Liquid Light ( 13TAP102 )
Liquid Light is a photographic emulsion containing silver gelatin which in darkroom safe light conditions offers the opportunity to apply it by hand normally using brushes onto a variety of surfaces and materials including watercolour paper, cotton, canvas, silk, wood, even glass & eggshells!! Students will be given step by step instruction on how to coat Liquid Light emulsion on to these different materials & using traditional black & white negatives or if your background is digital then you can get digital images transferred to traditional negatives (see factsheet) to produce original & interesting prints using the enlargers & conventional photographic chemistry. In subsequent practical sessions students will be encouraged to further extend their visual & creative ideas.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP102-01 Chelsea Centre 07 May 14 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 E Ross
Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop for Digital Photographers: Introduction ( 13TAP103 )
Designed specifically with the digital photographer in mind; Lightroom 3 is part of the Photoshop family of Adobe Software. Specifically designed from the ground up for photographers; it works seamlessly with Photoshop and many other applications. Lightroom has quickly become the preferred image editing software for photographers, because it enables one to edit, catalogue, process, develop, print and upload to the web - all in one powerful programme; built to handle both individual and multiple images. This course will give you a thorough working knowledge of all of the functions of Adobe Lightroom and shows how it integrates with Photoshop and utilises key tools to be found there. This course will introduce you to efficient workflow methods and precise editing control over your photographs. The tutor will also set weekly photographic assignments, these will then be worked on in class - building your catalogue of images and improving your photographic skills into the bargain!
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP103-01 Chelsea Centre 01 May 14 8 Thu 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
Alternative Processes - Cyanotype ( 13TAP101 )
The Cyanotype process was developed in 1842 by the scientist John Herschel & one of the first people to use the cyanotype process was Anna Atkins, photographically illustrating her book ''British Algae: in Cyanotype impressions'' 1843 with Cyanotypes. Step by step guidance will be given on mixing the chemicals & coating techniques firstly on to watercolour paper & then on to fabric. Once the coated paper & fabric are completely dry they can then be exposed to a UV light source either sunlight or by using a UV lightbox to produce a chemical reaction which is fixed & washed in running water. Use objects to make cyanotype photograms or produce digital negatives to create ‘original’ prints on paper as well as design your own chair & cushion covers!This course would be suitable for anyone as no previous darkroom experience is required. You will be encouraged to experiment first using objects to create cyanotype photograms, where objects can be placed directly on top of coated cyanotype paper. Digital imagery can also be used & instruction will be given on how to make digital negatives which could be used to contact print onto paper & fabric which has been coated with cyanotype chemicals.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP101-02 Chelsea Centre 11 Jun 14 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 E Ross
Photography Level 1 ( 13TFP100 )
Our level 1 Photography course is designed to give you a broad based background knowledge to many aspects of photography. With practical projects, the course will take you through camera skills, exposure, basics of lighting and some digital and darkroom practice. You do not need any previous experience to start this course, but an enthusiastic commitment to studying photography is essential. Paced at a slow speed, you can use the work you do to move up to our next level more intensive courses.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TFP100-04 Chelsea Centre 02 May 14 10 Fri 10:00-16:00 TBA
BTEC National Diploma in Photography ( 14TFP110 )
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.| Level 3 Discount Available
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 14TFP110-01 Chelsea Centre 16 Sep 14 38 Tue/Wed/Thu 10:00-16:00 B Tanner & Team
- Concs: Free
Basic Digital Photography ( 13TAP017 )
Learn the basics of using a DSLR camera and get to understand the menus, exposure modes, and accessories. Our Digital SLR photography course for beginners will put you in control of your equipment and open new horizons for you. The aim is to get you comfortably photographing a variety of situations and scenarios, and all without relying on the ‘auto’ mode! The course tutor will set weekly projects for you to develop skills learned in practice sessions in our well-equipped studio. Students will present their weekly photos to the class and gain valuable critical feedback. Students will need to own their own DSLR camera allowing access to manual controls. If you do not own a DSLR camera, you should see our compact camera course
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP017-03 Chelsea Centre 30 Apr 14 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
Improve your Digital Photography ( 13TAP019 )
If you have completed our Basic Digital course, or feel you have already picked up a good working knowledge of digital cameras on your own, then this course is for you. Focussing on developing the ability to take good pictures and to think like a photographer, you will shoot mini-assignments between classes and study the work of the great photographers. Sharing your pictures with classmates will stimulate discussion and help to build your confidence to take your photos to the next level. Students will need to own their own DSLR camera that allows them access to manual controls. If you do not own a DSLR camera, you should see our compact camera course.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP019-03 Chelsea Centre 04 Jun 14 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
Darkroom Workshops: Printing ( 13TAP032 )
This is a course for more advanced photographic printers, although processing film to a high quality and using alternative developers for different effects will be covered. You will learn how to print on fibre based paper to make exhibition prints using different developers and papers. Toning, pre-flashing, split grading, lith printing and other more specialist techniques will be covered and there will be plenty of time to practice what you have learned. You need to be able to print a basic enlargement (knowledge equivalent to our Darkroom Skills course is appropriate) but, by the end of the course, you will be able to make an exhibition quality print.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP032-03 Chelsea Centre 01 May 14 10 Thu 18:00-21:00 B Tanner 13TAP032-04 Chelsea Centre 29 May 14 5 Thu 10:00-16:00 B Tanner