When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W22DPAB09A

What you will learn

This course is ideal for those students who have completed our Level 2 Morley Photography Course or those already possessing extensive photography experience and wanting to extend their skills. 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 please contact stephen.mepsted@morleycollege.ac.uk for more advice. This course helps you to prepare a professional portfolio of images to advance in a photography career or apply to Higher Education at University or HE course here at Morley. Working on a series of real-world projects, taught by industry professionals and using the very latest equipment and software; this course will quickly propel your skills to the next level! Work on challenging briefs that encourage you to think creatively and understand your camera thoroughly. You will learn to produce work to a professional standard, working on 'real-life' projects and the potential to work on assignments with our partners; including Transport for London, The Migration Museum & The Waterloo Festival. You will learn to produce highly technical images and practice image-editing workflows using computer software. Work independently and in teams to gain valuable feedback from your peers. Students need computer skills and own a camera with access to manual controls. The course finishes with a public exhibition of your work. 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 this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand different camera functions needed to produce high quality images
  • Use a variety of camera techniques to produce high quality images
  • Produce Images in response to assignments and briefs
  • Use Computer software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to postproduce and organise your images
  • Print your images to a high standard
  • Show your images in an exhibition at the end of the year
  • Give and receive constructive feedback with your peers to help you progress


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This course is delivered at Morley College, Waterloo Centre. Our affordable courses are taught by industry professionals in friendly, well-resourced classroom and studio environments. We are London's largest provider of courses for adults who come to study for fun, to develop new skills for professional development or to apply for Higher Education. Our courses run daytimes, evenings and weekends, all year long. Come and join us!

    You will learn in a comfortable well-resourced studio via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, assignments, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. The most up-to-date software is available. Manageable project work will be assigned between and during classes to help you progress and one-to-one tuition will be given to help develop your ideas and skills. The classes are informal and allow for question-and-answer sessions and technical advice and support, depending on your needs. You will receive regular assessment and feedback on your progress. You will work as a whole class, in small break-out groups, in pairs and one-to-one with your tutor.
    Learners will be encouraged to use the class forum to share and support each other with project work between classes if required. All Morley College students receive a generous discount on Adobe CC Software (see information below) and a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and more!

    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.

    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 Photography 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

    Speak with your tutor about progression to the Level 4 Professional Development 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