Gray's School of Art

Photography – Alternative Processes

Short Course - Advanced

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Photography – Alternative Processes | Advanced
This course provides an exploration of a variety of alternative photographic processes.

As a response to increasing interest in the creative possibilities of alternative photographic processes, Gray’s is pleased to continue a specialist course in the subject.

You will be introduced to a variety of darkroom printing techniques that are only possible when working with wet processes.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
Semester One:
19/20 Oct, 16/17 Nov 2019
Semester Two:
18/19 Jan, 15/16 Feb 2020
Course Length
Four weekends (40 hours)
Saturdays: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sundays: 10.00pm - 2.00pm

You will study processes including Lith and Bromoil, Liquid emulsion, Mordancage and Cyanotypes.

In addition, you will also consider different approaches to image capture and the manipulation of analogue film.

You will aim to produce several small experimental images and a workbook containing detailed notes of experimentations, paper types and test pieces.

Suitable only for those with previous darkroom experience, you are asked to bring a selection of black & white negatives.

Specialist paper will be supplied to cover making several small images in each process.

Those with previous experience in this subject will be encouraged to further explore their chosen processes.


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

Please bring a selection of black & white negatives.

You will be supported to understand the design process through class talks, individual/group discussions and studio-based 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


Previous darkroom experience is essential.

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: £380


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 School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:  



Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials 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 semester 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.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop


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.

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.

University Wide Facilities


Apply direct to the university using our online application form. 

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

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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