Photography Professional Practice and Academic Portfolio Course

The Photography PPA Portfolio Course will enhance your knowledge of photography through the understanding of professional processes and skills and the building of an original and personally tailored photography portfolio. While primarily aimed at helping students develop a portfolio to apply for MA programs or for their own professional practice, this course can also help students build a portfolio for application to undergraduate photography programs.

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Facts

Course Leader

Peter Cattrell

Course Location

Kings Cross

Study LevelFoundation
Study ModePart time
Course Length20 weeks split over two terms, Autumn (Oct-Dec) and Spring (Jan-Mar). Tuition take place on Saturdays 10.00-17.00.
Home/EU Fee

£4,995 per 20-week course

International Fee

£4,995 per 20-week course

Start Date30 Sept 2017
Autumn Term Dates30 Sept – 2 Dec 2017 (no class 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec) Saturdays 10.00-17.00
Spring Term Dates6 Jan - 10 Mar 2018, Saturdays 10.00-17.00
Application Route

Application by Portfolio. For further information see the 'apply' section below.

Content and structure

Aims of the course
The Photography Professional Practice and Academic Portfolio Course (PPA) will enhance your knowledge of photography from an informed beginners perspective, through the understanding of photographic history, the development of professional processes and skills and the building of an original and personally tailored photography portfolio. This course focuses on the practical applications of photography to best achieve your goals.

The course aims to serve the needs and ambitions of three main student groups:

  • Those seeking to build a portfolio for application to BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, BA Photography at LCC or Camberwell or elsewhere
  • Those seeking to build a portfolio for application to MA Photography at Central Saint Martins, LCC or elsewhere
  • Professionals seeking to renew their creativity through personal projects, new processes and produce a fresh portfolio with a distinctive London edge.

The course assists you in realising your goals through common assignments, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, visits, peer group and individual tuition.

Structure

Photography Professional Practice and Academic Portfolio Course is a full-time course providing one days tuition per week on Saturdays. The course runs as one 20-week course split over two terms; Autumn (September-December) and Spring (January-March), with a break for the Christmas holidays in between. You are expected to work on your projects outside class time and allow 15 hours a week for this work. 

Autumn Term (Sept-Dec):

The first part of the year-long programme is taught progressively with practical and technical skills being covered between September and December. These skills will then be applied to the projects that will form the bulk of your portfolio in the second part of the programme, between January and March, so that you then in a strong position to apply for the BA and MA courses.

Spring Term (Jan-Mar): 

During the second stage of the course you will be asked to develop an idea for a self initiated project that you would like to develop and undertake. Your individual research project will be the main focus of your studies for the second stage of the course.  You will be supported throughout by workshops, lectures, tutorials and group feedback sessions.   

Curriculum
Subjects covered on the course include: History of Photography, Studio skills, Analogue Darkroom skills, SLR, Medium and Large Format cameras, Alternative Processes, Digital workflow, printing, scanning and colour management. These topics are taught by means of workshops, lectures, demonstrations, visits and individual tuition.

Faculty
The course leader of Photography Professional Practice and Academic Portfolio Course is Peter Cattrell who has taught photography extensively at Central St Martins, London College of Communication and Camberwell College of Arts. The Photography Portfolio Course tutors are drawn from the former Post Graduate Certificate in Photography course at Central Saint Martins. They are experienced at teaching students from all over the world and therefore they understand the needs of international students.

Staff

Peter Cattrell has taught photography extensively at Central St Martins, LCC, and Camberwell. 

His landscape photography has been exhibited worldwide, and is drawn to projects and places that have a personal or historical association, linking to individual or collective memory. He has prints in several National Collections in UK and abroad, and been in numerous exhibitions, books, and catalogues. He also does commercial photography mostly portraits and architecture. He wrote the book 'A Foundation Course in Photography' published by Cassell.

Careers

The course aims to serve the needs and ambitions of three main student groups:

  • Those seeking to build a portfolio for application to BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, BA Photography at LCC or Camberwell or elsewhere
  • Those seeking to build a portfolio for application to MA Photography at Central Saint Martins, LCC or elsewhere
  • Professionals seeking to renew their creativity through personal projects, new processes and produce a fresh portfolio with a distinctive London edge.

Certification
An assessment of work will take place for those who successfully complete both courses, and a certificate of attendance will be granted to all students who attend 80% or more.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

  • 18+ years old
  • Some formal education or work experience related to art and design
  • Previous photography experience
  • Proficient in English, both the spoken and written word, to IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent

How to apply

Application Deadline: 30 July 2017

To apply for this course please complete our online Photography PPA Portfolio Course Application Form

We will only review completed applications, which must include: 

  1. A completed application form
  2. A short statement (no more the 350 words)
  3. An up-to-date CV
  4. 10 - 20 images of your work via a flickr account. Please see the Flickr Instruction Guide [PDF 66KB] for details on how to upload and share your flickr account. For portfolio advice please refer to our Portfolio Advice Guide Photography PPA Portfolio [PDF, 58KB].
  5. Your IELTS certificate (non-native English speakers only)  

*Please note that there is no strict deadline for applications. We take enrolments until each course is fully subscribed and therefore recommend students to apply at least three months prior to the course start date to avoid disappointment. International students will need to apply for the course as early as possible to ensure they leave sufficient time for their visa application if they are accepted to the course.

We look forward to receiving your application.  If you have any queries please use our course enquiry form.  After you have submitted your portfolio, you will receive an email letting you know how long you will need to wait for your result.

Enquire about this course

If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form.

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Advice for international students

All international students attending portfolio preparation courses will need a Short-term Study Visa (STS) to attend the course.  Students can find out more about the Short-term Study Visa (STS) from the UK Government’s Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website: https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct visa to study on a course, and to ensure that they have read through the immigration information on the UKVI website. If a student does not have the correct visa to study on their chosen course they will not be able to join the course.

Short-term Study Visa’s allow students to study in the UK for up to 6 months in a year. This means that International students will only be able to take 1 stage of a Photography PPA Portfolio Course. We advise that student’s carefully choose which stage of the course they apply to, in consultation with our staff, to ensure they receive the maximum benefit from the course to their portfolio and development.

Students should be aware that all Visas for the UK are issued at UKVI’s discretion, and they reserve the right to refuse entry clearance to any individual.

Any student who is thinking of attending the course on a visa that is not a Short-term Study Visa (STS) should contact the portfolio preparation team immediately at portfolio@csm.arts.ac.uk