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Summer: Digital Photography Portfolio

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Gain new skills in digital photography

Develop a portfolio of photographic work, gain new skills in digital photography and grow your existing knowledge of the history, theory and practice of photography. Explore street portraiture, studio portraiture and the urban landscape.

Taught by: Anders Birger

Image of Student Calvin Ma with his photographic work holding two frames in his hands.

Gain new skills in digital photography, develop a portfolio of strong photographic work and grow your existing knowledge of the history, theory and practice of photography. Explore a wide range of photographic genres such as street photography, portraiture, photojournalism, conceptual photography and fashion photography.

Throughout the course you will be given introductory lectures by photographers who have created work specialised in these areas who have worked in fashion, editorial, advertising and fine-art photography. The assignments will enhance your creative camera control as well as develop your conceptual awareness. You can work individually, or with your fellow students, to produce visual responses to the brief, coming together at the end of the week to share your results with your tutor and the rest of the class, receiving feedback on your photographs.

In week one you will start by having peer to peer portfolio reviews in order to give you the best individual support throughout the course. There after you will be out honing your skills shooting briefs on subjects such as street photography, portraiture, conceptual photography and photojournalism.

Week two will begin with an introduction to lighting on location and lead on to a series of guided assignments in the LCC studios where your group will be taught how to execute a photographic vision via brainstorms and mood-boards before getting expert practical advice on how to use a top end photo studio.

In week three, with what you have learnt from the first two weeks, you will now focus on building your portfolio. You will have 1 to 1 tutorials helping to galvanise your ideas in how to create a body of work that is at the core of who you are and how you want to work in future. You will have technical workshops editing your work for print.

You will take advantage of the diversity and richness of London’s galleries and museums, and engage in discussions about the practice of photography. By the end of the summer school, you will have generated enough photographic material to create a hard copy portfolio, which will be assessed by your tutors. Your portfolio can then be presented to your friends and family, in a mini-exhibition alongside work by students from Contemporary Photography Practice, Graphic Media Design and Filmmaking summer school students.

During the three week course you will develop enhanced skills in creative camera control; digital workflow; digital retouching skills; shooting in a studio and lighting on location; digital printing skills; portfolio development; and presentational skills.

Learn more about Summer: Digital Photography Portfolio

Course Aims

  • To develop a defined photographic style across a number of photographic genres that will eventually lead you to create your own printed photographic portfolio. You can use photographs from the workshops, assignments and your own photography projects to build this printed portfolio in the final week

Learning Outcomes

  • Improved understanding of DSLR.
  • Heightened comprehension of visual style and aesthetic in photography.
  • An awareness of developing an idea (concept) photographically.
  • Developing your own brand/aesthetic/self

Follow On Courses 

Once you have taken this course you may be interested in MA Photography.

Course credits

On completion of this course you will receive a short course certificate of attendance.

If you need any additional supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you. This summer school is based on classes from BA Phototgraphy courses at London College of Communication.

Anders Birger

Anders is a freelance photographer based in London. His work has a strong humanistic focus and he is interested in human society and the impact we have on ourselves and each other. Anders has a Bachelor in Photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism and a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication.

In his own words:

“I work on curiosity. Mostly my subjects are areas unknown to me. By understanding, I try to disseminate information to a broader audience. I come from a strong photojournalistic background. I work with documentary projects. My photography is observant. Instead of taking pictures in the situation, I take pictures of the situation.”

Course Handbook: Download an example course handbook for Summer Digital Photography Portfolio PDF [295kb]‌. Please note that each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - This course would benefit you if you are a beginner to digital photography or a more experienced digital photographers wishing to explore aspects of their practice further. It is suitable for you if you are a designer, artist, or communications major looking for new photographic outcomes, resulting in the development of a photographic portfolio. If you have an existing portfolio of photography and want to explore new techniques, digital and analogue, you may be more suitable for Summer: Contemporary Photography Practice. If you have questions about your academic background, please make an enquiry to the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.

Please bring with you:

  • A DSLR with a lenses you like to shoot at, preferably including 35mm, 50mm, 85mm/100mm focal lengths. A good 24-70mm telephoto is fine, but prime/fixed lenses are better.

  • A notepad and paper / Laptop.