Documentary Photography: Develop a Project
What you will learn
This course is ideal for anybody that has enthusiasm for documentary photography and a desire to develop ideas to tell a story through a more focused documentary project series. This course particularly suits students that have previously done our Documentary Photography: The Essentials course or Photograph the City: London through the lens. Students will explore what makes a potentially good photographic project whilst improving their practice learning the processes and skills to investigate an idea, take pictures, reflect, take more pictures and then how to edit for the most effective dramatic combinations and sequencing of photographs to tell the story. This is a great course if you aspire to create a Photobook or simply take your photography to the next level. This course could assist with portfolio building to apply for higher education.
Class format and activities
A busy and productive class taught in a professional, well-equipped photography studio. The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One to one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills and project work assigned to help you progress. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects as well as provide assessment and feedback on your progress. Projects will regularly be given to allow for the sharing of your progress, some use of web-based presentation tools will be encouraged.
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.
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. 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 cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!
What you need to know before you enrol
During the course we may be going out to take photographs around the college and some lessons may be outside on location. A reasonable level of fitness will be required for walking and carrying equipment such as tripods. The studio also contains Apple MacBooks for uploading and working with images. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands, however this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. The studio also has cameras and lenses which may be used by students while in class. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor. Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator on 0207 450 1934 or Learning Support on 0207 450 1835 before enrolling.
What you will need for your class
To get the most from your learning it would be helpful to have your own camera and lens. Your camera should allow you access to manual controls. We have a number of college cameras and other photography equipment for use in class time only. It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess essential software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.
What you can do next
After your course ends why not continue to build your skills? 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: www.morleydigitalteam.com where you can read success stories and catch up on new course information, news and events.