Photography Courses in London

Photography Courses

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 Level 1 Photography Courses

Our most basic introductory course in Photography is offered as a one day per week short course, or a half day course offered during the day or in the evening. This leads to a BTEC Level 1 Award in Photography and prepares you for the next level. These courses cover camera skills, basic lighting, darkroom and digital editing.

A factsheet for this course is with the course listing.

Full Time Level 2 Diploma in Photography

New for this year is our Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Photography. This takes you on from the level 1 courses and prepares you for the next level. A variety of units are offered at level 2 including Studio, Experimental Techniques (including Darkroom) and Location. Full details are in the Factsheet. This course would really suit you if you are just starting out and were not very confident yet. Completion of a level 1 course is useful, but not essential.


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:

Courses and Fees

  • Level 2 Diploma in Photography (19+) ( 15TFP106 )

    Level 2

    This course is specifically designed for learners that are 19 years and older. This is a new Level 2 Diploma in Photography which gives you a basic grounding in a range of areas. There are six units, which start with a techniques unit and go through studio, location, experimental, digital ending up with a major project on following a brief (full details of each unit are in the Factsheet). You will learn all the basics and be ready to apply for our Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Photography in the following year. This is the first step to getting to university to study photography and becoming a professional.

    Application required Level 2 Discount Available Level 2 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TFP106-01 Chelsea Centre 07 Sep 15 35 Mon/Fri 10:00-16:00 N Sianni & Team
  • BTEC National Diploma in Photography ( 15TFP110 )

    Level 3

    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.

    Application required Level 3 Discount Available Level 3 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TFP110-01 Chelsea Centre 08 Sep 15 34 Tue/Wed/Thu 10:00-16:00 B Tanner & Team

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  • Creative Digital Photography Skills ( 14TAP019 )

    If you have completed our Basic Digital Photography Skills course, or feel you have already picked up a good working knowledge of digital cameras on your own, then this course is for you. Taught in our well-equipped photography studio and on location, this course is the perfect progression from our Basic Course and focuses on developing the ability to take good pictures while beginning 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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP019-03 Chelsea Centre 01 Jun 15 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted

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