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Digital Photography – Beginners

Course aim

This course will help you develop skills in basic photography and editing, which you will be able to use for a variety of creative purposes in a range of settings.

Course length

28 hours – usually 14 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for people who:

  • want to be able to use digital photography and media creatively
  • are considering studying at higher levels or seeking employment in this field.

Will I gain a qualification on this course?

No - this is a non-accredited course.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

As the course involves taking notes and measurements you will need to have basic levels of English and Maths. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • practical skills in using a digital camera including settings
  • how to carry out image editing using computer software programmes to create a range of effects
  • producing samples of techniques with instructions in your portfolio for future reference
  • awareness of employment opportunities in the creative media industry
  • how to work ethically and according to health and safety guidelines.

What could this course lead to?

Further courses in photography techniques at intermediate level, or to a qualification at level 1.

How will I learn?

You will:

  • observe tutor demonstrations of techniques which you will practice and experiment with throughout the course
  • produce photographs including thumb-nails, screen shots and high quality prints
  • carry out research which will include field trips
  • take part in individual and group reviews of projects and finished work
  • produce a portfolio showing your research, skills, knowledge, and achievements.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to provide your own lever-arch file, camera, memory stick and USB cable. There may also be additional costs for display materials.

Important - the course fees for this qualification do not cover the cost of all equipment and materials.

Your commitment as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly, and on time. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study, complete any homework set and bring the correct materials to each session. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

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