About the Course
If you have completed our Morley Level 3 Photography Course, or are a photographer/artist working with ideas and projects which need time and space to develop, this course is for you.
Allowing you to bridge the gap between the fundamental operation of the camera towards more advanced techniques and creative approaches; this course will engage you with challenging assignments, one-to-one support and group feedback. You will refresh your existing practice and creative decision-making; whatever your current photographic interests.
Strong emphasis is placed on developing you professionally and to this end you will also learn how to effectively communicate with clients, magazines and publications, work on your own web presence and social media skills and become proficient in presenting your work for a variety of intended audiences. You will also co-curate a public group exhibition of your work at the end of the course.
This course encourages you to think in ideas and processes, towards a range of outcomes which in themselves may be starting points. Through a structured set of Units and Modules you will build a diverse body of work
The course runs for one evening a week over 33 weeks and a once-termly, whole day Saturday workshop will be delivered by a visiting photographer/artist who is a specialist in their field – these workshops will be designed to enhance your portfolio and introduce new skills and ideas
The course comprises three main units, which run one each per term. These units comprise structured modules of study and assignments which will support the work produced. A series of core skills will also be learnt throughout the year – these have been designed to maintain the necessary ongoing skills to support your project work. Our tutors have many years’ experience as professional photographers and teachers who have exhibited and published their work widely.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Develop work against assignments that displays a personal creative approach
Practice image editing software to a good standard
Set up your own Wordpress website to display your work to intended audiences
Develop skills in presenting and 'pitching' your work and ideas to a variety of audiences
Know how to work professionally at all stages of the course - including the application of ethics and legalities
Engage in frequent critical discussion with your peers about ongoing project work
Work as a group to curate and hang a professional exhibition of your work - at the end of the course
Engage in weekend workshops (once per term) with visiting specialist professionals
Class format and activities
A busy and productive class taught in a professional, well-equipped photography studio. The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One to one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills and project work assigned to help you progress.
The course comprises three main units, which run one each per term. These units comprise structured modules of study and assignments which will support the work produced
Unit: Documentary Photography Practice– Shoot Your World
• Developing your personal photographic ‘Voice’
• Photographic Storytelling and Narrative
• Editorial Photography
• Software Skills for the Photographer
• Editing Skills - how to tell a story in pictures
Unit: Developing your Professional Practice
• Working with clients, licensing and fees
• Photography - ethics and legalities
• Writing proposals and story ideas
• Studio and Location Skills
• Developing an online presence
Unit: Final Major Project and Exhibition
• Final major Project – the culmination of your practice through the year.
• ‘The Art of Show’ – Curating and Presenting your work at an exhibition
• Book Making and ‘Zine’ workshop
Core Skills - (taught throughout the course)
• Self-Branding – Wordpress website building – for reflective practice and assessment
• Using Social Media to your advantage
• Software Skills – Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign and Acrobat for layout, design and print.
• Critique and Presentation skills – giving and receiving feedback
• Managing Deadlines
• Sketchbooks and Notebooks - the value of idea processing
• Visits and workshops
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment! If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more.
Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class. As a student of Morley College you are also entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.
What you need to know before you enrol
Some lessons may be outside on location. A reasonable level of fitness will be required for walking and carrying equipment such as tripods. Classes are taught in our professional studio: a flexible working space designed for studio photography, postproduction, scanning and printing. It is equipped with Elinchrom lighting, cameras, accessories and 16 MacBook Pro laptops, all with retina display and the latest Adobe CC software. Learning iss upported through the use of a large clear projector display and Apple AirPlay. A separate area allows for high-end photographic printing. Analogue photography and alternative processes are supported by a pop-up darkroom. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor. Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility.
What you will need for your class
To get the most from your learning it would be helpful to have your own camera and lens. Your camera should allow you access to manual controls. We have a number of college cameras and other photography equipment for use in class time only. It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess essential software for use at home.
What you can do next
This course is designed to help you prepare a professional portfolio of work and experience to advance you in a photography related career, or apply to Higher Education at University.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.