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Fashion Photography Short Course

Course description

In our new digital age, fashion photographers cross the landscape of traditional print media, and the digital world of web, social and moving image. This course aims to work with students of all levels to develop strong skills in the execution of successful and original photo shoots, developing and fine tuning skills in building a shoot, directing models, working with natural and studio lighting, and pitching their work to clients.

This course would be well suited to both new and established photographers, fashion stylists looking to develop their skills with a camera, adults seeking a career change into the creative arts and established creative professionals looking to expand their horizons with photography skills..

Classes take various forms through the course, with hands on tutorials, presentations, learning labs, critiques, and homework assignments - alongside shoot sessions working with established models, stylists and makeup artists. This is a fast paced, exciting course, taught in easy to understand English with difficult terms being further explained.

Students will walk away from the course with new work for their portfolios and social media, and new skills for self development and critique.

Who should take this course?

  • Students with an interest in fashion styling and photography
  • Photographers, stylists and art directors

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • Sourcing and building shoot teams
  • Using your camera
  • Using studio flash equipment
  • Using location lighting aids
  • Photoshop retouching
  • Image colour grading
  • Shooting for magazines
  • Shooting for commercial clients (look books and advertisements)
  • Creating engaging mood boards
  • Moving image integration with shoots
  • Data management
  • Website creation
  • Working with models, including direction tools and posing ideas
  • Working with stylists


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A digital SLR camera, with memory card
  • One notebook A4 size or larger
  • On the first day please also bring a UK fashion magazine of your choice. Some suggestions include: Vogue, i-D, Dazed and Confused, Vice, Harpers, Sheer, Phoenix, SID, Another, GQ, Ponystep

IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college – instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.
  • During this course you may be using Adobe Photoshop. If you do not already have Photoshop, you can sign up for a free 7 day trial of Adobe Creative Cloud. Please note a credit card is required to register for the free trial. The subscription must be cancelled on the date provided by Adobe if you do not wish to continue onto a paid account.

To create an account students will need to:

  • Go to Adobe Sign in page.
  • Select ‘Create an account’
  • Enter your details and select ‘Create account’
Meet the Tutor:

Learn the fundamental skills involved in taking original fashion images for a variety of commissioners. Students will focus on practical photography techniques that are needed to be mastered in order to deliver fashion photos to a professional standard.

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