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Digital Photography Intermediate Short Course

Course description

You will undertake a series of short, challenging briefs and learn photo-editing skills in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, plus attend lectures on composition, editing and lighting.

The course will lead towards shooting a personal project which will be developed throughout the week. There will be the opportunity to use studio lighting, work on sequencing images, and any technical areas specified by the photography youre interested in.

There will also be group critiques, a small research project and presentations intended to increase your awareness of photography and how it is used in context.

With the support of your tutors and peers this friendly and informal course will help you understand the value of developing a personal point of view in your photographic work.

This course is best suited to students with digital SLR cameras and advanced 'compacts' with manual controls.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

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:

  • Portraiture
  • Street Photography
  • Editing a project
  • Studio Lighting
  • Gallery Visit
  • Introduction to various photographers
  • Briefs set in interesting locations around central London
  • Development of a personal project
  • Lightroom - Editing and Archiving
  • Final exhibition of work


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Pen and notepad
  • Digital Camera (preferably an SLR)
  • A small folio of your previous work in either print or digital (CD etc) form would be an advantage.

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:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • 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.
Meet the Tutor:

This course is suitable for students who have already mastered the fundamental creative controls of their digital cameras and wish to progress to a more project-oriented course, similar in style to the BA Graphic Design photography module at Central Saint Martins.

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