When & Where

  • Orange calendar icon 6 October 2022 - 16 June 2023 ( 480 hours, 30 weeks )
  • Orange map marker icon Chelsea Centre

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code C22PGYF01A

What you will learn

This level 4 course is designed to provide a competitive edge for those wishing to pursue a career in photography. The programme has been built to offer in-depth practical and theoretical explorations into current practices in conceptual, editorial and commercial photography. During the course you will build on your knowledge by studying eight units. The broad variety of units will provide an abundance of opportunities to discover the area of photography you are particularly passionate about. You will explore practical aspects of photography and will acquire extensive skills in studio lighting, industry based digital post production, analogue photography and b&w darkroom printing, which will enable you to produce impactful photographic images. The theoretical units will provide an historical and cultural framework that will inform your understanding of photography in a wider context. Throughout your studies you will develop the strong collaborative working, problem solving and communication skills that you will need to succeed. Our group sizes are small and our close-knit team of specialist staff will coach and guide you in professional practice, helping you to find your voice and develop a strong portfolio that is truly valued by potential clients and employers. Students learn actively through workshop-based teaching in our state of the art studio and darkroom. The learning is further enriched with a range of study visits to museums and galleries. Unleash your creativity by joining this highly creative and exciting specialist Level 4 program!

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply research and planning techniques to develop a photographic strategy in response to a given brief that explores current trends in photography
  • Analyse the characteristics of photographic images in different contexts and effectively use camera techniques to communicate thought-provoking concepts through image making
  • Use studio lighting techniques to produce impactful photographs
  • Create innovative images using a range of up to date post-production techniques
  • Apply darkroom techniques effectively to produce high quality B and W prints that explore the relationship between technique and bespoke output
  • Create and present a strong photographic portfolio in an online platform

Class format and activities

Active learning through workshop-based teaching in our state of the art studio and darkroom Access to 24 -7 learning, supported by dynamic online live and recorded resources Enriched learning with a range of study visits to museums and galleries Regularly reviewed progress towards achieving the learning outcomes One -to-one support and constructive feedback to develop the skills and confidence to succeed independently End of year exhibition

Entry requirements

Applicants should have knowledge equivalent to a level 3 Photography program. GCSEs, grade 4/C or above, in Maths and English (or an equivalent level of qualification) is desirable. For non-native English speakers, an IELTS 5.5 is required. You will also need to have a digital portfolio of your own photographic work (16-20 images) that you will present/discuss in your online interview.

What you need to know before you enrol

This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you need

You will need to have a DSLR, or mirrorless camera. Access to a computer is essential.

What you can do next

Once you complete this course you could progress to the second year and complete a HND in Photography, or you can join the second year of a degree course. Alternatively, you can start your own photographic business, or seek employment as a photographer.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee