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About This Course

In this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how cameras work and develop your skills in creating compelling photographs. This postgraduate diploma covers various aspects of photography, from composition and lighting to studio and location shoots. Here are the key topics covered in the course:

How the Camera Works:
You will experiment with your camera's manual settings and learn the fundamentals of composition, focus, and light to create still life photographs. Topics covered include composition techniques, aperture, focal length, perspective, light metering, white balance, and exposure compensation.

Light & Lighting:
This module emphasizes the importance of light in photography. You will explore different lighting techniques and learn how to plan and equip yourself for a successful photoshoot. Topics covered include experimenting with lighting styles, creating lighting diagrams, undertaking studio and on-location photoshoots, and capturing studio portraits and environmental portraits.

Photographic Methods & The Design Cycle:
In this module, you will produce creative portraits for an album cover while learning about the stages of the design cycle. You will gain a structured approach to creative work, from interpreting a client brief to post-production and editing techniques. Topics covered include idea development, planning photoshoots, using industry software for post-production, and evaluating client feedback.

Cultural Movements in Photography:
You will explore how society, history, technology, economics, and culture influence photographic practice. Through a research project, you will delve into key historical movements in photography and gain insights into contemporary influences. Topics covered include research methods, analyzing historical movements, and presenting research findings professionally.

Photography in the Studio:
This module focuses on the central role of the studio in the development of photographic practice. You will develop skills in studio practice to create professional-looking images and respond to client briefs. Topics covered include studio lighting, equipment and sets, planning studio photoshoots, using techniques in a studio setting, and post-production for finished photographs.

Photography on Location:
You will learn the skills required to take photographs in uncontrolled environments and adapt photoshoots to changing spaces, subjects, and contexts. A practical photoshoot on location will help you build specialist skills. Topics covered include analyzing client briefs, examining locations, experimenting with different approaches, and developing plans for on-location photography projects.

Creative Thinking & Independent Practice:
In this module, you will use your skills to complete a photography collection for an exhibition based on a set theme and topic. The focus is on independent work, creative concepts, visual language, critical thinking, project management, and presenting finished photographs and development work.

Portfolio Creation & Career Planning:
The final module guides you in creating a portfolio and planning your photography career. You will learn to curate a professional portfolio that showcases your best work and understand the steps involved in career planning.

Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to practice and refine your skills, receive feedback from instructors, and develop a strong foundation in photography. By the end of the course, you will be well-equipped to pursue a career in photography and showcase your talent through a professional portfolio.

Acquired Knowledge

Level 6 on the RQF


18 years old or over,Note: If English is not your first language, we recommend you have at least level 5
5 IELTS or equivalent
Or, have completed your last two years of schooling through English


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Former students of the British Academy of Photography have gone on to manage real-life photography projects, secure employment with leading photography companies and start their own businesses.


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