Creative Media Education


Photography Certificate


What you need to know about this course

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of photography. A systematic and thorough approach is emphasized in the area of image sensors and digital workflow. Students develop essential skills for obtaining consistent results and a foundation in photography as a visual language.

Also, this course is a survey of the visual structure and history of photography, examining individuals, movements and the theories behind them that are the foundation of the art form, including topics on composition, and light and its effect.

Who it's for

Photography enthusiasts aged 16 and above who are looking to get the most out of their DSLR camera. Students must have their own DSLR camera for the course. This course can be used as a ‘stepping stone’ for students who wish to progress to our more advanced qualifications, and our BA degrees.

Entry Requirements

There are no academic requirements to participate in this program.

Software Packages

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom


  • Introduction to photography
  • Quality of light
  • ISO
  • Aperture and depth of field
  • Shutter speed
  • Image size
  • Understanding your camera (camera types, sensors, manual controls)
  • Working with different lenses
  • Photographic optics, perspective and shot composition
  • Portraiture and human figure
  • Capturing motion and shooting action
  • Focusing modes and tracking
  • Practical shooting exercises
  • Basics of digital post-production in photography