Photography Level 1 Award

This course gives you the opportunity to discover and explore photography using digital cameras to produce creative images successfully. It will give you the opportunity to explore photography using appropriate visual language including composition and other formal elements.

Course Content

On your course you will be taught the skills and techniques of camera controls including focus, exposure and shutter speed. You will be able to explore technical issues related to depth of field, movement and lighting eg. Natural, artificial and flash.

There will be a section of the course dedicated to the photographic equipment necessary to produce images related to a specific genre of photography. You will explore visual language in photography and learn to create images using formal elements of shape, form, texture, tone, colour, viewpoint, as well as composition and lighting.

You will be expected to keep a workbook recording photographic ideas, processes and research on the work of other photographers. This will enable you to produce creative images using digital photography.

Entry Requirements

No prior knowledge of the subject is required - this course is open to beginners and those with a little experience.

Tutor approval is required for this course. Please apply online where you'll be able to book an interview slot.

Ideally you should have a DLSR camera or at least one that allows manual controls.

First Class Requirements

Notebook and pen

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is essential.

Assessment Methods

Teaching will be through demonstrations, technical workshops, discussion and one to one guidance.

To achieve the two course units for the qualification, you must submit evidence in a workbook and photographic images for assessment. Your progress will be monitored via question and answer in groups and individually by observation. You will be given regular verbal feedback as to how you could improve and on your progress in general.

Further Study Options

NCFE Level 2 Photography, Access to Creative Digital Media (usually after L2), Foundation in Art & Design (usually after L2), other photography and Photoshop leisure courses

Additional Information

Some basic materials such as cartridge paper are available to buy from the college. Details will be given out at the first class and prices will be dependent on materials used and size of work. You will need to supply your own photographic paper etc.

If you require further course information or advice and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email