The Morley Photography Course Level 1

When and Where

16 Jan 2020 - 9 Jul 2020 (66 hours, 22 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Morley College London


Full fee
£800 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Bruce Tanner
Course code

What you will learn

An exciting and thorough course for students who wish to learn the basic skills and knowledge of photo-imaging. You will learn how to use your camera effectively in a range of situations, study aspects of image capture including composition and subject matter, practice different computer editing software to carry out digital manipulation and understand how to present your final images. You will work towards challenging assignments and the knowledge and skills gained will support progression to level 2 & 3, or potential future employment. Students will need to own a camera with access to manual controls. Printing and presentation costs are not included. If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more. Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Use all camera controls and modes
  • Identify different subject types
  • Apply composition techniques to create better pictures
  • Use different computer editing software to carry out digital manipulation
  • Identify different ways to present your final images and know the basic techniques
  • Capture and store images safely
  • Produce a portfolio of images

Class format and activities

The course covers different aspects of the photographic process with lessons concentrating on camera use through demonstration and practice and critique lessons to help develop your skills. Teaching is both in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis, with technical advice and support depending on your needs. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects. All students negotiate individual learning goals with tutor and record and assess these on the Learning Statements.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience in photography.
As part of the course you will be using computers to edit and manipulate images, therefore, students are expected to be confident in using a computer for tasks such as word processing, saving, managing files, browsing the internet etc. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with digital tools.
In addition you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics, therefore, all students must be able to speak, read and write in English.

What you need to know before you enrol

The course has an element of written supporting work, and because of this the workload can be more than in other courses. The structure of the course also means that students will need to be self-motivated to complete self-initiated projects and written supporting evidence.

What you will need for your class

Students should bring a pen and notepad, as you will need to take or annotate notes. You will need to bring your own Digital SLR camera and the instruction manual, tripod, filters and lenses. Equipment needs will be discussed early in the course. Furthermore, students will need a storage device such as USB Memory stick or mini hard drive to bring images in. This will help keeping track of your progress.

What you can do next

Students would ideally progress onto the Morley Photography Course at level 2 or potentially level 3. We offer a wide range of courses in Photography running at beginner, intermediate and advanced stages. Develop your passion with yearlong study on our Morley Photography Courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3.
A range of portfolio and specialist-subject courses include Beginners and Intermediate digital camera skills, Urban and Street Photography workshops, Documentary Photography, Contemporary Portrait and Fashion Photography and Photography for Websites. Learn to post-produce and manage your photographs with our NEW Adobe Photography Pack: Photoshop and Lightroom.
To help get your work noticed we also offer Website Building and Blogging courses using Wordpress.Com and Wordpress.Org
Why not see what our students have produced by heading over to the Morley Digital Blog: where you can read success stories and catch up on new course information, news and events.