When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W22DPAB08A

What you will learn

This is an exciting course suitable for those who would like to develop photographic skills and technique. There’s never been a better time to boost your skills in photography. This course helps you to prepare a professional portfolio of images and the knowledge and skills gained on this course will support progression to our Level 3 Morley Photography course or potential future employment. This level 2 course builds on skills learned at level 1 and you will make work towards three challenging assignments. Explore personal photography projects and creative team-working skills throughout the course. Students need good computer skills and would benefit from owning a camera with access to manual controls. The course finishes with a public exhibition of your work. Printing and presentation costs are not included. You may directly enrol for this course and after a skills assessment we may advise you to transfer to another more suitable course. Please read this course outline carefully and if you are not sure of your current skills level then please contact stephen.mepsted@morleycollege.ac.uk for more advice before you enrol. 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. As a student of Morley College, you are also entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.

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

  • Decide what camera settings are needed for specific subjects
  • Produce a set of images to a particular theme
  • Edit your images using Adobe Lightroom learning post production skills
  • Print your images to a high standard
  • Produce Images are relevant to the theme or/and to a brief
  • Use effective camera techniques for a variety of outcomes including special effects
  • Work to briefs, assignments and themes to test your skills and creativity
  • Give and receive feedback with your peers to help you progress


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The course covers aspects of the photographic process with lessons concentrating on camera use through demonstration and practice, using predominantly Adobe Lightroom to edit images, and critique lessons to help develop your skills. You will learn via a mix of presentations, visits, location shoots, online forums, active learning exercises, assignments, 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. There are many advantages to learning in an online environment - benefit from anytime-access to an archive of course materials, resources and links to help you with projects and assignments. Gain instant support and answers to questions via forums and receive one to one tutor and peer support. All Morley College students receive a generous discount on Adobe CC Software (see below) and a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more! The Morley Photography Course at level 2 covers a variety of photographic processes and genres. Lessons concentrate on camera use through demonstration, practice and regular feedback. You will use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to post produce and edit and organise your images. Teaching is both in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis, with technical advice and support given, depending on your needs. The tutor will give demonstrations and presentations and will lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects. Some use of web-based presentation tools will be encouraged. All students negotiate individual learning goals with the tutor and an important aspect of the course is the opportunity to share and present your images to the group and in an end of year exhibition open to the public.

    Entry requirements

    Upon applying for this course, you will be invited to present examples of your work to the tutor, ideally in person but this can also be arranged via e mail or video conference if necessary. The tutor will want to know more about your existing skills and knowledge and will discuss your work and ideas with you. Please use the website to alert us of your interest and we shall arrange an appointment with you. A keen interest in the subject and the ability to attend the sessions regularly is key to your success. As part of the course you will be asked to read material, 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. 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.?

    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. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. 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. The Morley Certificate course has elements of written work and the workload at different points of the year can be demanding. The structure of the course means that students will need to be self motivated to complete both set and self-initiated projects and therefore students will need to be actively taking photographs between classes in order to fulfil the learning outcomes and get the best experience on course when working with others in small groups.

    What you need

    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. If you are learning software, it would be of benefit to possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a generous discount on Adobe CC Software. It would be helpful for you to have a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) mini-hard drive or access to a cloud storage service. This is for storage of media during the course, and of your work at the end. 66% DISCOUNT ON ADOBE CC SOFTWARE If you are interested in getting a generous discount (a saving of 66%) on the whole suite of Adobe CC software packages please visit Adobe Creative Cloud for Students You will need to prove you are a student at Morley College London and the simplest way to do that is use your Morley e-mail address, which is your student number followed by @morley.ac.uk e.g. 12345678@morley.ac.uk Students who provide us with their personal e-mail address are sent details of their Morley e-mail address and how to access it. Please see here for useful information on systems requirements for running Adobe CC products System Requirements

    What you can do next

    The ideal progression course would be the Level 3 Morley Photography Course= We offer a wide range of courses in Photography running at beginner, intermediate and advanced stages. A range of portfolio and specialist-subject courses include Beginners and Intermediate digital camera skills, Documentary Photography, Portrait Photography, Fashion Photography and Photography for Websites and Portfolios. Learn to post-produce and manage your photographs with our NEW Adobe Photography Pack: Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. PROMOTING YOURSELF: To help get your work noticed we also offer Website Building and Blogging courses using Wordpress.Com and Wordpress.Org plus our courses in Editorial Photography for Publication and Photobook and Zine-Making, plus courses in digital skills for social media New for 2021: Adobe Certified Professional courses in Visual Design and Video Design using Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and After Effects. The certificates are industry-recognised credentials that can prove helpful for your career and help you gain confidence in using the software at a professional level. And! Create stunning 3D photo imagery with our new Photogrammetry course Please speak to your tutor, browse our website, or call the Digital Media, Film & Photography Department on 0207 450 1869 for more information. PROUD TO PRESENT! Visit the Morley Digital Blog - for News, Galleries, Events and Student Spotlights! A comprehensive site where you can read success stories and catch up on new course information, news and events. Morley Digital Blog Lastly head on over to browse and follow us on social media: Morley Digital Instagram and Morley Digital Facebook