Photography (Foundation)

1. Overview

This course uses black and white film to teach the basic principles of photography and the SLR camera.

It will provide hands on experience in the darkroom of developing film and making prints and instruction on 35mm manually operated SLR film cameras. These are photographic skills that are equally applicable to using either digital or film cameras.

2. What you will study

Students will learn how to develop film, make prints using enlargers and be introduced to toning and the creative possibilities of working hands on with chemical processes. Students will be shown the basic workings of the photographic studio and are encouraged to keep a visual diary during the course to become a personal journal of their development.

Students require a suitable manual 35mm SLR camera, although other fully manual film cameras can be used. You may wish to wait until the course starts if you need to make a purchase with advice from your tutor, cameras are easily obtainable.

3. Entry Requirements

Foundation Photography provides an excellent starting point for beginners.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £325

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU's conditions).


Please inform Gray's School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

View the Foundation Photography Materials List (PDF 104KB)

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

Please note that some courses may include classes that meet out on location requiring students to travel to alternative venues, possibly on a Saturday or Sunday.

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Start Date

Semester One: 2/4 Oct - 20/22 Nov 2017
Semester Two: 8/10 Jan - 26/28 Feb 2018

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks) Monday or Wednesday

7.00pm – 9.30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

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