Specialist Black and White Darkroom Processes (short course)

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Why study this course?

Our Specialist Black and White Darkroom Processes short course offers you the opportunity to develop a range of advanced techniques that will improve your print quality and creative expression. This is a hands-on, practical course that will also address the place of analogue in contemporary photographic practice. It's aimed at those with a basic knowledge and understanding of darkroom practice.

Specialist Black and White Darkroom Processes

More about this course

This course will build on your existing experience of black-and-white analogue printing. 

You'll learn how to improve print quality and judge the right grade and quality paper needed for the image. There will be an exploration of the use of flashing and controlled fogging, and you'll be taught specialist techniques such as lith printing, liquid emulsion and the process of solarisation.

We'll also help you reach a high standard of print finishing and print mounting for presentation and you'll be encouraged to produce a series of work.

We 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.

Specialist processes will be taught through talks, demonstrations and workshops, while practices will be developed through assignments and discussion. The approach to learning is creative and experimental, with individual and personal attention to each student.

Workshop materials will be supplied and you'll be advised on appropriate materials to purchase for your work to make what is considered to be a good print, concentrating on the choice of the correct grade of paper.

Fees and key information

Course type Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course level is intermediate to advanced and ideal for those with some previous experience in the black-and-white darkroom. If you need it, the Introduction to Black and White Photography course will help you establish some prior experience.

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates coming soon!
Length One day a week for ten sessions
Day and time Tuesday, 6pm to 8.30pm
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours



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?

The course fees include the cost of materials.

Terms and conditions

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.