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The Complete Photography Course (SEG Level 2 Award)

This 30-week ‘Skills Education Group’ (level 2 accreditation) is for anyone that wishes to develop an understanding of photographic processes, practices and the photo-imaging industry. The qualification will allow you to develop skills that enable you to take and manipulate images using a range of equipment, techniques and image processing software. Plus, as a level 2 course you’ll have the opportunity to prepare for progression into employment or further learning.

Course overview

This practical 30-week level 2 course begins in the autumn term and runs throughout spring and summer. Please see the specific term dates below.

Duration and times

30 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00


3 Saturdays 9.00–16.00 (1 per term)


Jason Bascombe



Class capacity


Wednesday 5 October – Wednesday 7 December 2022

Saturday 26 November 2022

Wednesday 18 January – Wednesday 22 March 2023

Saturday 18 March 2023

Wednesday 29 March – 31 May 2023

Saturday 20 May 2023

Course details

You'll be guided through the fundamentals of photography and explore creative techniques in photography to gain a greater understanding of how to ‘tell a story' through your photographs and find your photographic style. You'll take part in a variety of studio shoots including still life, portraiture and commercial, as well as a series of location shoot exercises in the wider Bournemouth area.

Through a series of talks, demonstrations and practical projects the course will develop your awareness and understanding of the different roles and employment opportunities available within the photographic industry. It also includes an exploration of the legislation relevant to photographic practices, copyright, intellectual property and photographers’ rights.

Post-production workshops will increase your knowledge of photographic processes and editing software. You'll understand how to professionally prepare and print images and build a selection of your images taken during the course to construct your professional portfolio.

Through a wide variety of group and personal projects, you'll develop your ideas and create challenging, informative photographs that communicate and conform to portfolio/exhibition standards.

You'll be expected to continue with personal project-based photographic research and assignments out of course hours, which will ultimately expand overall knowledge, heighten proficiency and offer improved image making capabilities. Submitted project-based images will be assessed by your tutor with group critique to inform and assist the entire class.

Please note, the course commences in the autumn term, after which it is not possible to enrol part-way through this 1-Year programme.

  • Creative controls offered in modern DSLR cameras
  • Essential add-ons such as tripods, speedlights, lenses, filtration
  • Light, light quality and control
  • Metering and histograms
  • Lighting techniques (studio and location)
  • Post-production options and applications, image enhancement, professional web/print output options and optimum settings
  • Image-based visual communication
  • How to turn ideas into creative concepts
  • Considering themes and subject matter
  • Individual and group – project-based assignments
  • Working to a project brief
  • Image critique and portfolio building
  • Presentation skills

The course aims to:

  • Enhance your knowledge of what it takes to be a successful photographer
  • To develop research, analytical and self-assessment skills
  • Enable you to independently conduct a project brief
  • Provide you with the essential skills to move into the professional arena or apply for FE/HE enhanced studies
  • Develop your understanding of historical and cultural influences and styles
  • Give you the chance to work from a brief and run your own project – from concept to print
  • Enable you to independently plan, source locations and resources
  • Enhance your ability to visually communicate your ideas and develop your visual voice

  • Tutorials and ongoing course critique will offer you essential guidance and measure your overall performance
  • Students who complete this 1-year programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria shall be awarded a ‘Level 2’ Skills Education Group certificate

Before embarking on this level 2 course we recommend you complete our introductory course Digital Photography – Essential Techniques or have a sound understanding of camera functions. Please contact the Short Course team at if you wish to clarify if this course is appropriate for you.

You must be aged 18+ to study this course.

  • Digital camera with full manual controls (including instruction manual)
  • Any accompanying equipment you wish to use
  • USB cable for card reader/computer connection
  • USB memory (8GB recommended)

Please be aware, additional expense may be necessary when printing your images or preparing for a personal project/shoot.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

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