Develop Your Photography Skills - Intermediate to Advanced Workshop (short course)

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Why study this course?

Do you have photographer’s block? Could you do with some help to finish and complete a project? Would you benefit from feedback about your project, a peer group or the facilities to help you achieve a printed portfolio? If your answer to any of these questions is yes then this course is for you.

More about this course

The aim of this course is for you to develop a body of work, which requires the use of a darkroom. You'll have support to help you make decisions regarding the research, development and production of your personal project.

We have a range of camera equipment for use during the week. We also have two fully-equipped professional darkrooms with a wide range of enlargers for both 35mm and medium format film for you to make use of throughout the course.

You'll be taught through talks, demonstrations and workshops, while practices will be developed through reviewing your own assignments, briefs and discussion. The approach to learning is creative and experimental, with individual and personal attention to each student.

This workshop is aimed at photographers and visual artists using photography who have a personal project in progress. You'll have access to the black-and-white and colour darkrooms. There will be introductions to both black-and-white and colour printing; however you will already have some experience of working in a darkroom.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Course structure

On the course, you'll be given the opportunity to present your current project/work in progress to the group by way of introduction to your working practice. There will be introduction to both darkrooms giving you the option to produce either black-and-white or colour prints, depending on your aims.

You'll learn how to achieve a high standard of print finishing and print mounting for presentation. You'll also be encouraged to review and discuss your work with the group to produce a curated series of work by the end of the week.

There will be some time to photograph in an agreed location to help you with technique and confidence. You can also have access to our studio to complete or add to your project. As part of the learning process, all members of the group will be expected to support each other in their aims by assisting on shoots and listening and engaging with advice and suggestions from your tutor.

By the end of the course, you'll produce a printed portfolio and grow the confidence to present this completed body of work to curators or publishers. You'll also have an artists’ statement to accompany the work and there will be discussion of how to get your work seen by industry professionals.

Course dates

Course dates 16 November to 14 December 2019
Length One day a week for 5 sessions
Day and time Saturday, 11.30am to 5.30pm
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 (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 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 members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

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

What's included in the price?

Some materials are included in the course fees. You will need to bring your own film and any projects you are working on - please email us ahead of time if you have any questions about this at 

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

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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.