Photography Course - Postgraduate (Classroom)


Start Date:  May 2018
Price:  £ 2,195 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  9 months
Assessment:  15 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-Based
Level:  Equivalent to level 4 on the RQF
Accreditation:  International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.
Work Placements:  Graduates of this course are eligible for a one month work placement at a photography company. All placements are in the greater London and Manchester areas.

Postgraduate course in Photography


The Postgraduate Diploma in photography is a practical and theoretical exploration into the exciting world of digital photography. By the end of the Postgraduate Diploma you will have an advanced understanding of your camera and a wide range of photography equipment. You will explore some of the different genres within the field of photography, build up a strong portfolio, and study the professional practice of photography.

The classroom-based postgraduate diploma course covers the same topics as the home study course but with the added benefit of live classes conducted by our expert tutors. This blended learning approach ensures that you receive the optimum support and knowledge with the least amount of disruption to your working schedule.

The classroom-based postgraduate course takes place over an eight month period with either fifteen full-day Saturday classes from 09:30 to 16:30 or thirty evening classes from 18:30 to 21:00.

Throughout the course you will complete sixteen practical assignments. Our aim is for students to receive as much guidance and support during the tutorials as possible so that they will be able to plan their assignments in class and complete them at home.

You can choose to enrol for either the evening or full-day Saturday classes in London (Westminster University) or Manchester (Salford University).

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London Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  
Manchester Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  

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The Fundamentals of Photography

Unit One

In this introductory unit you will start to develop the skills that enable you to use your camera to capture the perfect moment. You will learn the following skills and techniques:

  • Understand how to use your digital camera
  • How to shoot in manual mode
  • What is exposure and why is it important?
  • Photography composition and techniques
  • Practical photography assignments leading to a detailed portfolio
  • Personal development through continued constructive feedback from your personal tutor

Photographic Techniques

Unit Two

In this unit you will further develop and enhance your practical skills using photographic equipment and techniques. You will explore different techniques and approaches including:

  • Portrait photography
  • Event photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Macro photography
  • Black & White photography
  • Flash Photography
  • Studio lighting photography
  • Long exposure photography

Digital Post Production Techniques

Unit Three

In this unit we deal with post processing and the elements that are involved once a photograph has actually been taken. You will learn how to:

  • Critique your photos and choose which to use
  • Process and develop RAW files
  • Use image editing software
  • Create panoramic and HDR photographs
  • Prepare your photographs for printing or digital export

Ideas Generation

Unit Four

The ability to generate an idea and to think creatively is at the core of any creative project, so in this unit we focus on getting those creative juices flowing. The tasks in this unit should be fun and inspiring while challenging you to think outside their comfort zone, and will lead to portfolio images that you will be proud of. We will cover elements such as:

  • Various idea generating techniques
  • Sketching
  • Brainstorming
  • Mind mapping
  • Experimenting with different camera settings

Contextual & Cultural Referencing

Unit Five

This unit looks at the History of Photography. It examines how we have come to be where we are from a Photographic perspective, in order to give you a complete and well-rounded education on the subject. We will research pioneering photographers and investigate how they have influenced current practice.

  • Early Photography
  • The Rise of Film & SLR Cameras
  • The Rise of Digital Photography

Location Photography

Unit Six

Photography on location is possibly one of the most widely used areas within the industry. Areas such as weddings, commercial, portrait, fashion, video stills, tourism, architecture, brochures catalogues and most advertising are just a few examples of where the photographer is required to be on location. In this unit we will consider:

  • Researching appropriate locations for shoots
  • Understand and assess lighting requirements for a location shoot
  • Use photographic equipment and resources on a location shoot
  • Evaluate the location post shoot

Visual Language in Photography

Unit Seven

In this unit we explore creative experimentation within the field of photography as well as researching visual imagery. You will develop an understanding of the visual context and what implicit or explicit messages are being conveyed within your own and other's work. By the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of photography as a medium for visual communication
  • Investigate ideas, processes and constraints within the industry
  • Explore visual imagery within the visual media industry
  • Produce work demonstrating an understanding of image and text

Professional Practice

Unit Eight

This unit covers the aspects necessary for an aspiring Photographer to set up their own business or work within an established practise. It encourages you to analyse the strengths and weaknesses within your own work and to develop a career plan with the help of your tutors. You will be aware of what is required in the industry from a personal and professional presentation point of view. In this unit we will cover the following:

  • How to take advantage of social media
  • Personal website & blog development
  • Portfolio presentation
  • Business promotional material
  • Career Paths and revenue streams
  • Interview techniques
  • Legal Awareness