Photography for Beginners/Improvers
About the course:
This is aimed at intermediate to beginner level students with some photographic experience or ability, that own a compact or SLR digital camera & those who wish to extend and develop their creative and technical knowledge by working more independently in their approach to image making through a structured program of study.
What Skills are taught?
You will be taught the basic camera operations and functions. Also a greater understanding of the various techniques involved in taking better photographs, along with improved knowledge of image composition and lighting. You will learn how to be creative and experimental with your images, develop previously acquired skills to a more sophisticated level.
Leisure courses have been running at City College for a number of years. Many of the students complete a range of different courses due to the ‘relaxed and friendly atmosphere’. Some students have progressed onto studying full time art and design courses turning their interest into a recognised qualification. Leisure and Pleasure courses offer the opportunity for learners to explore working with new skills and techniques.
The course will initially cover the theory and practice of the basics of photography. Later further topics will be covered, that may include portraiture, landscape, wildlife, architecture, and still life. The main emphasis of the course is to develop and adapt ideas creatively, whilst improving your technical understanding of current (digital) and some past (film) technology.
Each week you will be given an optional task to carry out after the session. The task will be focused on the topic you will have covered in the session. This allows you to practice and embed new knowledge.
There is a basic Photoshop and Light room presentation included in the course. Please note that students wishing to learn how to manipulate images in more detail should consider looking specifically for Photoshop courses.
There are no entry requirements on the Leisure for Pleasure course, only an interest to learn and develop knowledge in the subject, commitment to the course and enthusiasm.
In Art and Design learning is centred around practical work which takes place in the dedicated studio space and in various workshops which include specific 3D and photographic Studios. In common with most art and design courses we make use a range of teaching methods, critiques/reviews of work, seminars and tutorials. In each session, in every class, tutors are present to guide and support your work and your ideas and help you progress and achieve. We want you to get into the habit of discussing, of debating, your own work and ideas and the work of others. Fostering and sharing a positive, supportive and open learning environment and culture is very important to us and to your success on the course.
All specialist equipment and materials will be provided by the College. It is suggested that students bring a sketchbook or notepad and some drawing equipment, this is to keep a record of any notes and may also be used to develop creative ideas.
There may be times when specific additional materials can be purchased, this will be discussed by your course tutor on your first session.
There is no assessment attached, this course is designed for fun and pleasure. Your tutor will offer support and guidance throughout the course providing feedback to develop your skills.
The course acts as an initial step into the wide and expanding range of art and design activities and opportunities. For students the next step could be a course with a qualification attached, this could include an Award, Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma. This could lead to a career (including where required further study at BA, MA and PhD level), in any area of art and design; graphic design, illustration, fine art, fashion, textiles, 3D design, interior design, animation, art history, digital media, curatorships, art journalism, teaching etc. The scope for potential career destinations within the world of art and design is virtually unlimited.
Students with cameras should bring them along to every session along with the manual.
Applications can be made via the web page by clicking on ‘apply now’. To complete enrolment please either pop into College or contact the Information and Advice Team on (023) 8048 4848 to arrange an over the phone enrolment.
You will need to bring a form of identification along with you to complete enrolment.