Course Information

Digital DSLR Photography - Stage 3 (The Cooper School)


Subject area: Art and Design

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview

A 10 week digital photograph course following on from Stage 2; enabling you to expand on your skills with your DSLR or bridge camera by looking at the work of famous photographers in a variety of genres and completing practical tasks around the genres.

Course Content

To further experiment with your camera’s functions; to explore multiple genres through discussing and reflecting on famous photographers’ work; and to build up your skills and confidence in different genres. A variety of genres such as; architecture, black and white photography, documentary, landscape, lifestyle portraits, sports, still life, street, studio*, nature, wildlife and macro photography. *Please note studio photography will not be taught at all centres. The genres taught are at the discretion of the tutor. Please note, this course is not suitable for compact cameras. Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted visits and have a responsibility to ensure we meet/exceed their requirements. As a result of this you will find you will be expected to understand the government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values as well as complete quality monitoring paperwork as part of the course.
Please note that there will be no class on 28/05/2019.

Entry Requirements

For those who have completed the Stage 2 course, or equivalent, or for those who have a good understanding of aperture, shutter and ISO and their relationship and are using their cameras off auto modes.

Enrolment numbers to our courses are reviewed regularly. To avoid disappointment it is advised to enrol early. Course viability decisions are made two weeks prior to the course start date. Any course changes are communicated via email so please ensure you check your email accounts running up to the course start date.

On the first week of the course you will be required to bring along one form of identification. This could be a passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please Note: Students should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2018.

Learning Methods & Assessment

Presentation, demonstration, practical work, working in pairs and small groups, discussion and question and answer sessions. Your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises and give you informal feedback. If you are to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from your class, it will be useful to spend some time working between sessions. There will usually be a small amount of homework set each week. When homework is not set, it is still a good idea to spend about that amount of time going over what has been done in class.

What Qualification Will I Receive?

This is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification

Where Next?

At the end of this course you will be able to use the camera in manual mode confidently; explain the rules of composition within various genres taught (such as portrait, architecture and sports); create images that demonstrate understanding in different genres; produce a workbook/portfolio with at least 10 photos in the genre of your own choice; evaluate your own photos, and those of other photographers, drawing on the knowledge of the techniques taught over the course. This course leads onto Digital DSLR Photography – Stage 4.

Fee Information

Trips and visits may be offered as part of your programme of study but these will be optional and fees will be collected throughout the duration of the course. Details of cost will be provided during the enrolment process if not already above.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page under the Info Centre link at the top of the screen.

  • Adult full fee

Course Details

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Days: Tuesday

Date: 30 Apr 2019 - 09 Jul 2019

Location: Cooper School Bicester

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)