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:
- Black and white portrait studio and darkroom ( 13TAP011-01 )
- Photography Level 1 ( 13TFP100-03 )
- Photography - Level 2 ( 13TFP102-01 )
- Lighting for Portraiture ( 13TAP039-01 )
- Basic Digital Photography ( 13TAP017-02 )
- Improve your Digital Photography ( 13TAP019-02 )
- Photography: Darkroom Skills ( 13TAP021-02 )
- Darkroom Workshops: Printing ( 13TAP032-01 )
- Darkroom Workshops: Printing ( 13TAP032-02 )
Courses and Fees
Black and white portrait studio and darkroom ( 13TAP011 )
Using studio lighting, and your own film cameras, or our medium format cameras, you will learn how to take studio portraits in black and white. on film. Having shot them, you will then go into our darkroom and learn how to process and then print the film. No previous knowledge of studio or darkroom work is required. Even if you do not own a film camera, you will still be able to shoot on film using ours.You will be advised on what type of film is useful for studio work and the varieties of different photographic papers available to enhance your final image.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP011-01 Chelsea Centre 16 Jan 14 10 Thu 18:00-21:00 B Tanner
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
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. 13TFP100-03 Chelsea Centre 06 Jan 14 10 Mon 10:00-16:00 M Droz 13TFP100-04 Chelsea Centre 02 May 14 10 Fri 10:00-16:00 TBA
Photography - Level 2 ( 13TFP102 )
A new modular photographic course which takes you on to the next level of photography by offering specialist units in studio, darkroom and digital work including a project driven unit. If you have completed a level 1 course, or have knowledge equivalent to it, and want to push your photography forward whether to find work or to become confident in your photo skills, this is the course for you.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TFP102-01 Chelsea Centre 06 Jan 14 20 Mon 10:00-16:00 Team
Lighting for Portraiture ( 13TAP039 )
Portraiture and photographic people has been central to photography from the beginning. This course looks at ideas around shooting people both on location (environment portraits) and in the studio with a brief look at studio lighting techniques.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP039-01 Chelsea Centre 15 Jan 14 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 B Tanner
Basic Digital Photography ( 13TAP017 )
Learn the basics of using a DSLR camera and get to understand the menus, white balance, 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 course will also cover composition and how to upload your images to a computer. If you do not have an DSLR camera, you should look at our compact and bridge camera course.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP017-02 Chelsea Centre 13 Jan 14 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S. Mepsted 13TAP017-03 Chelsea Centre 30 Apr 14 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 N Sianni
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, you will shoot mini assignments in class and study the work of the great photographers. Sharing your pictures with classmates stimulates discussion and helps to build the confidence to progress to the next level. This course is suitable for all digital cameras although compact users may not be have access to some camera functions.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP019-02 Chelsea Centre 24 Feb 14 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S. Mepsted 13TAP019-03 Chelsea Centre 05 Jun 14 5 Thu 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
Photography: Darkroom Skills ( 13TAP021 )
This is a beginners darkroom course, or a chance to take a refresher course if you have been away from darkrooms for a while. If you have used a basic camera (like a Holga or Lomo) or an advanced camera from the likes of Canon, Nikon or Pentax, this will give you a good grounding. Even if you only have digital pictures, you can still print in a darkroom (see Factsheet). You will start out in the first session processing a film (you need to bring one with you, see the Factsheet for details) and you will move on to making contact prints and enlargements. We are able to sell you small quantities of paper, so you do not need to buy any ahead of the course. Watching your print appear under a red light is magic you will never forget.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP021-02 Chelsea Centre 16 Jan 14 3 Wed 10:00-16:00 M Droz
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. 13TAP032-01 Chelsea Centre 13 Jan 14 10 Mon 18:00-21:00 B Tanner 13TAP032-02 Chelsea Centre 06 Feb 14 5 Thur 10:00-17:00 B Tanner
Landscape And Environmental Photography In Greece ( 13TAP012 )
This is a unique course run on the Greek island of Syros in the Cyclades group. It combines landscape and environmental photography with the chance of a full time week of photographic projects with others who have a passion for photography. The course includes, but is not limited to, camera skills, location and editorial photography techniques, story telling, using flash on location and, for the first time this year, underwater photography. It is open to both basic and advanced students as the structure of the course allows for individual sessions at different levels. It is suitable for both digital and film photographers and a medium format film camera (together with a tripod) will be available for students. Pricing is based on the type of accommodation you book (we have single rooms, twin and double rooms available) and a special reduced price for partners not taking part in the course itself. Transfers from arrival points on the island are included, but travel to the island is extra. Please download the PDF file for full details. Syros Photography Course (pdf 276KB)
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP012-01 Chelsea Centre 03 May 14 1 Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 B Tanner & N Sianni
Pinhole Photography ( 13TAP013 )
This short course is about making photographic images without the use of lenses. The look you get from this type of image is unique, there is a softness in the focus but, at the same time, an extraordinary depth of field. You will learn how to construct a pinhole camera using basic improvised materials or make a pinhole camera from pre cut MDF. The use of pinholes on digital cameras will be included as well. You will also get the chance to process and print the images you make in our darkroom. This course has been scheduled to coincide with Worldwide Pinhole Day (27th April 2014) and is a related event. The first part of the course is about shooting and takes place before the Easter break, Worldwide Pinhole Day is during the college Easter break, therefore the two dates after will be concerned with post production, printing, scanning and uploading your images to the official gallery site.
Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer. 13TAP013-01 Chelsea Centre 03 Apr 14 4 Thu 18:00-21:00 TBA