Photography Courses in London

Photography Courses

We have photography courses in London at all levels. Both full time and part time programmes leading to a qualification as well as photography workshop courses and specialist short courses in digital photography, studio lighting and darkroom processes. They range from beginners to advanced together with qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3. These run part time, evening and full time (including our highly regarded full time BTEC National Diploma in Photography). Additionally, we offer holiday and summer photography courses in Greece and London. 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

Beginners' digital photography courses leading to more advanced digital photography courses are offered both during the day and in the evening. We have studio based photography lighting courses dealing with portraiture, together with Photoshop and LightRoom courses written specifically for photographers. Additionally, we run a range of photographic darkroom based courses including introductory and advanced darkroom printing workshops and alternative darkroom processes. There are also one day workshops.

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 lasting one term. It is a level 1 Award and prepares you for the next level. These courses cover camera skills, basic lighting and digital manipulation.

Full information together with the actual content, is listed next to the course where you can download a factsheet.

Part Time Level 2 Certificate in Photography

New for this year is our Level 2 Certificate in Photography. This takes you on from the level 1 course and prepares you for the next level. This course runs for 1 day a week over 2 terms covering studio, digital and experimental work (including darkroom).

Full details are in the Factsheet which is attached to the course listing below. This course would really suit you if you are just starting out and not very confident yet. Completion of a level 1 course is useful, but not essential.

Full Time Level 3 Diploma in Photography

This is our biggest course and runs 3 days per week. It leads to a BTEC Level 3 qualification. It is a very intensive one year course which prepares you for freelance work or university. There are 12 units which cover a wide range of photographic skills and contextual studies. The course includes a trip to Paris Photo (although this is additional to the course fees). Previous students are working in photography, studying it at university or simply much more confident and good at what they do.

Full details of the unit content and where this course will take you are in the Factsheet which is attached to the course listing. Completion of a level 1 and/or level 2 course is advised but not essential.

Resources

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.


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Courses and Fees

  • Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop For Photographers (Introduction) ( 15TAP105 )

    Designed specifically with the digital photographer in mind; Adobe Lightroom is the main programme to be learnt in this course and introductory Photoshop is also taught to show its relationship with Lightroom. Specifically designed from the ground up for photographers; Lightroom works seamlessly with Photoshop and many other applications. It 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 the functions of Adobe Lightroom and shows how it integrates with Photoshop using 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.
    15TAP105-01 Chelsea Centre 21 Jan 16 5 Thu 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
  • Basic Digital Photography Skills ( 15TAP017 )

    Learn the basics of using a DSLR camera and get to understand the menus, exposure modes, and accessories. Taught in our well-equipped photography studio and on location, our Digital SLR photography course for beginners will put you in control of your equipment and open up 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 and workshops. 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.
    15TAP017-01 Chelsea Centre 21 Sep 15 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
    15TAP017-04 Chelsea Centre 08 Jan 16 5 Fri 10:30-13:30 N Sianni
    15TAP017-03 Chelsea Centre 20 Apr 16 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
  • Portraiture in Black & White: Studio to Darkroom ( 15TAP042 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TAP042-01 Chelsea Centre 24 Feb 16 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 B Tanner
  • Level 2 Certificate in Photography ( 15TFP107 )

    Level 2

    Qualification

    This is a new Level 2 Certificate in Photography which gives you a basic grounding in a range of areas. The course is structured around three units which will provide you with a broad range of skills and help generate work for your photography portfolio. 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 on the pathway to either a higher level course or working in the photographic industry.

    Application required Level 2 Discount Available Level 2 Discount Available
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TFP107-01 Chelsea Centre 07 Sep 15 24 Mon 10:00-16:00 N Sianni
    15TFP107-02 Chelsea Centre 15 Jan 16 24 Fri 10:00-16:00 N Sianni
  • Creative Digital Photography Skills ( 15TAP019 )

    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.
    15TAP019-01 Chelsea Centre 02 Nov 15 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
    15TAP019-02 Chelsea Centre 22 Feb 16 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
    15TAP019-03 Chelsea Centre 01 Jun 16 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted
  • Alternative Darkroom Processes: Cyanotypes ( 15TAP101 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TAP101-01 Chelsea Centre 28 Apr 16 1 Thu 18:00-21:00 E Ross
  • Pinhole Photography ( 15TAP013 )

    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.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TAP013-01 Chelsea Centre 23 Apr 16 4 Sat 10:00-13:00 E Ross
  • Lighting for Portraiture ( 15TAP039 )

    Portraiture and photographing people has been central to photography from the beginning. This course looks at ideas around shooting people both on location (environmental portraits) and in the studio with a brief look at studio lighting techniques. You will learn about posing, setting up lights, using available light and hand held as well as studio flash.

    Direct enrolment
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TAP039-01 Chelsea Centre 20 Apr 16 5 Wed 18:00-21:00 B Tanner
  • Photography Level 1 ( 15TFP100 )

    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 courses.

    Application required
    Code Location Start Weeks Times Lecturer.
    15TFP100-02 Chelsea Centre 18 Sep 15 12 Fri 10:00-16:00 M Droz
    15TFP100-03 Chelsea Centre 07 Jan 16 24 Thu 18:30-21:30 M Droz
    15TFP100-01 Chelsea Centre 11 Jan 16 12 Mon 10:00-16:00 M Droz
  • 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 - Thu 10:00-16:00 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 08 Jun 15 5 Mon 18:00-21:00 S Mepsted

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