Creative Photography and Portfolio Development Year 2 - Towards Distinctions
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About this course

Having completed the Creative Photography and Portfolio Development course, this course aims to move the student forward in their development as a photographer towards a recognised qualification.  Using assessment criteria similar to that used by the Royal Photographic Society as a basis, this course will help the photographer understand what standards and competences are required by a professional organisation.  Visits to the RPS to view a distinctions assessment panel at work and perhaps attend a distinctions advisory day to receive informed advice from RPS panel members are built into this course (additional costs involved).  The course will culminate in an end of year show and private view at a local venue.

What will I learn?

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Produce a panel of images suitable for an application to a professional body
  • Contribute to an end of year show/exhibition

The following topics (and others) will be covered during the course:

i. Editing, selection and sequencing to show a variety of approach within a cohesive display.

Technique (Camera)
i. Choice of viewpoint and lighting appropriate to the subject.
ii. Suitable and accurate focus and exposure.
iii. Suitable depth of field.
iv. Choice of appropriate shutter speeds.
v. Highlight and shadow detail, density and correct colour rendition.

Technique (Technical)
i. Absence of processing faults.
ii. Appropriate choice of materials for the subject.
iii. Evidence of tonal control.
iv. Good image finishing.
v. Attention to masking and colour management.

Visual Awareness
i. An understanding of light and its effect on mood and texture.
ii. Composition, design and cropping of images.
iii. Appropriate use of masking and manipulation.
iv. Awareness of appropriate backgrounds and viewpoints.

i. Show personal input, and an understanding and empathy with the subject.
ii. Show communication of mood, ideas and narrative as appropriate.
iii. Selection of the appropriate medium to assist communication
iv. Show evidence of imagination and creativity, and ability to capture the decisive moment.

Developing a personal style
i. This course will be project based.  Students will negotiate their own assignments and produce work for assessment by the tutor and their peers. 
ii. The college facilities will be available for the students use (on the premises) to produce the work for their assignments.  (Dark rooms, studios, lighting, computer suite.)
iii. Students will be expected to bring their own camera equipment unless by prior arrangement they may borrow (whilst on the premises and supervised by the tutor) equipment owned by the college.
iv. All models and objects for photography will be supplied by the students.

Entry requirements

Completion of the Creative Photography and Portfolio Development course and an informal interview with the tutor, Peter Dawes, is required.

Please note that for terms 2 and 3 of this course, you have to have completed the previous terms.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.

Additional costs and information

This course is under development and as such the content may change as the tutor sees fit.

Additional costs:

  • Distinctions assessment panel at work (external visit)
  • Distinctions advisory day (external visit)
  • Venue cost for end of year exhibition
  • Mounting and framing costs

You should bring with you:

  • Additional external hard drive
  • Camera equipment (when required)
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