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Introduction to Black and White Photography (short course)

Why study this course?

London Met's Introduction to Black and White Photography short course will introduce you to camera handling, shooting, film development and darkroom practice. The course is creative and experimental with assignments that will encourage you to expand and develop your practice.


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On this course, you'll learn how to manipulate light in a variety of different ways so you can produce a series of photograms. Other techniques such as dodging, toning, pre-flashing, split grading, paper sensitising and more specialist techniques will also be covered.

Topics will include printing on resin-coated as well as fibre-based papers. You'll learn how to recognise tones and textures and be expected to produce a set of high quality silver gelatin prints.

At The Cass School of Art and Design, we have two fully equipped professional darkrooms for you to use, with a wide range of enlargers for both 35mm and medium format film.

This course is taught by Rod Morris.

The course is suitable if you have an interest in developing your knowledge of black and white photography skills beyond a basic level.

You will learn the foundations of black and white photography through talks, demonstrations and practical workshops.

There will be darkroom practices which include:

  • the development of film
  • the use of film scanners to create a digital file
  • contact printing
Course dates Not currently available
Length One evening a week for ten sessions
Day and time Monday, 6pm to 8.30pm
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 25

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

Participants will normally be expected to bring their own film cameras but some will be available from the department for use during class times.

The cost of materials is included in the course fee. Participants will be advised on appropriate materials to purchase for their work.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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