Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 192 Conc £74 Full £374 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 21/04/2020 07/07/2020 AC3407

What will the course cover?

In this course you will further develop your photographic skills and techniques including the use of lenses, composition, lighting; natural, photoflood and flash to produce still lives, close-up/macro photography and interesting portraits. Students will be encouraged to create a portfolio of images and to critically examine photographic issues and trends.

Who is the course for?

Generally this is aimed at the more experienced photographer who wants to be pushed to a higher level.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

You should know the fundamental workings of your camera, have an understanding of lenses and when to use a specific lens for a particular situation and be able to download images to a computer. A digital SLR camera is required to get the best from the course, however bridge and advanced compact cameras are also acceptable.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Students will be able to explain how camera settings affect results and be able to select controls with appropriate speed for the photographic task. Illustrate a variety of themes through a series of photographs. Control natural/artificial light more effectively to produce interesting and natural looking images. Recognise and produce images that have good composition. Assess photographs in relation to their technical and creative content and suggest improvements.

How is the course organised?

In the classroom-group and individual practical sessions. Location shoots, group visits to exhibitions and talks with relevant photographic images and specific DVDs.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Practicing techniques to consolidate understanding, project work, visiting photographic exhibitions, referring to photography books and various websites to build up a wider knowledge base.

How will my progress be assessed?

Continual assessment and written feedback through your Individual Learning Plan.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Take photographs that are competent and could be used in a professional capacity. Build a portfolio to use for possible entry to a higher level course in FE or HE.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Possible exhibition/gallery tickets. A USB stick. Each session will require you to bring: camera, lens, memory, battery, instruction manual and a note pad.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.