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Short Course - Foundation
Photography | Foundation

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.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Term One:
To be confirmed
Term Two:
To be confirmed

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
Mondays or Wednesdays
7.00pm - 9.30pm

You 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. You 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 your development.

You will 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.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

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.

Methods of delivery include: class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion, location photoshoots and studio-based/darkroom practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.              

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


This course is not formally assessed. 


Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support


Foundation Photography provides an excellent starting point for beginners.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.


Course fee: £370


You will access darkroom enlarging equipment to print from negative sizes including 35mm, 6x4.5cm, 6x6cm, 6x7cm, 6x9cm.

Printing facilities for up to 12x16inch prints and access the photographic studio with a shared project.

You are provided with a starter 35mm film and several sheets of photographic paper to open the photographic experience with.

All film developing and printing chemicals are provided for the duration of the course.

Details on the materials required for your course:


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.


Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s Art Shop. Find out more:  



Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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