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 ( 14TFP105 )

    Level 2

    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.
    14TFP105-01 Chelsea Centre 08 Sep 14 35 Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00-16:30 B Tanner & Team
  • BTEC National Diploma in Photography ( 14TFP110 )

    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.
    14TFP110-01 Chelsea Centre 09 Sep 14 34 Tue/Wed/Thu 10:00-16:00 B Tanner & Team

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  • Introduction to Photography ( 14TAP051 )

    By taking control of the basic functions of your camera, you will start to explore the techniques and principles of photographic image capture: exposure, aperture, shutter speed and composition. You will also be introduced to traditional darkroom practice (to make photograms and create images with a biscuit tin!) and learn to control lighting in the studio. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations and most importantly, practical workshops where you can put into practice your newly acquired skills. This course will give you the confidence and ability to progress to our level 1, 2 and 3 programmes of study.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP051-01 Chelsea Centre 22 Sep 14 10 Mon 10:00-16:00 M Droz
    14TAP051-02 Chelsea Centre 26 Sep 14 10 Fri 10:00-16:00 M Droz
  • Basic Digital Photography ( 14TAP017 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP017-01 Chelsea Centre 22 Sep 14 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
  • Improve Your Digital Photography ( 14TAP019 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP019-01 Chelsea Centre 03 Nov 14 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
  • Photography: Darkroom Skills ( 14TAP021 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP021-01 Chelsea Centre 04 Nov 14 5 Tue 18:00-21:00 B Tanner
  • Alternative Darkroom Processes: Liquid Light ( 14TAP102 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP102-01 Chelsea Centre 20 Nov 14 3 Thu 18:00-21:00 E Ross
  • Photoshop & Lightroom for Photographers ( 14TAP105 )

    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!

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP105-01 Chelsea Centre 25 Sep 14 5 Thu 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
  • F-Stop Printing Master Class ( 14TAP106 )

    F-stop printing was originally made popular by the award winning printer Gene Nocon in 1987. Put fundamentally, F- stop printing is the conclusion to all the other methods of exposure control you have made in getting towards your negative, because an F- stop is a unit of Exposure. In this masterclass, you will be taken through the different ways in which F-stop printing can be applied to your negatives, be it as a method of exposure control, repeatability or for creative use. When you get used to F-stop printing, it will deliver bonuses for you. The relationship within a print from its base time to a burn time remains constant regardless of the size of the paper. If your print has several burn times that are different, no problem, the relationship applies, you save loads of time and money in the darkroom and get consistent prints. Magic!

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    14TAP106-01 Chelsea Centre 18 Oct 14 1 Sat 10:00-16:00 B Tanner

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