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The complete photography course

The Complete Photography Course (SEG Level 2 Award)

This 30-week ‘Skills Education Group’ (Level 2 – Accreditation) is aimed at individuals wishing to develop an understanding of photographic processes, practices and the photo-imaging industry. The qualification allows learners to understand and develop skills enabling them to take and manipulate images using a range of equipment, techniques and image processing software. The course also provides an opportunity to prepare students for progression into employment or further learning.

Course overview


Autumn term
Wednesday 6 October – 8 December 2021
Saturday 13 November

Spring term
Wednesday 26 January – 30 March 2022
Saturday 05 March

Summer term
Wednesday 6 April – 8 June 2022
Saturday 21 May

30 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00
3 x Saturday sessions (1 x per term) 9.30-16.30

David Bird


Course details

You will 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 will 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 will 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 will develop your ideas and create challenging, informative photographs that communicate and conform to portfolio/exhibition standards.

You will 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 course tutor with group critique to inform and assist all students.

Please note, the course commences October 2021, 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

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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David Bird

David has been working in the Photographic industry for more than 25 years with experience in the editorial sector.

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

We recommend you complete the 10-week introductory course, or have a sound understanding of camera functions; please contact the Short Course team if you wish to clarify if this course is appropriate for you.

You have to be age 19+ to attend this course.

You will require a digital camera with full manual controls (including instruction manual) and any accompanying equipment you wish to use, USB cable for card reader/computer connection, USB memory (8GB recommended).

A further expense may be necessary when printing your images or say 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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