Studio Photography – C7463

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Course Overview

Leicester College has a long history of teaching digital photography, printing, design, and online editing and publishing courses. Our professional studio, darkrooms, and digital editing suites (alongside the lecturers and supervisors ) provide outstanding facilities for full and part-time students. Lighting, ratios, exposure, light meters, and all other photography elements associated with studio photography will all be explored.

This course is an adult-only course for 19-year-olds or older. If you are 18 or under and are interested in this course please contact the Digital Media Department.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This course concentrates on studio lighting techniques. Lectures, demonstrations and practical experiences will include portraiture and small product/still life lighting. You will learn the difference between hard and soft lighting and understand how correct lighting can improve your photography. Your tutor will give you expert advice on lighting ratios, exposure techniques and handling a flash meter, whether in our photography studio with the hi-glade system or with portable flash lighting. You can shoot on either film or digital and you will aim to produce a small portfolio of images with a supporting logbook. This course is perfect for students with some photographic/camera knowledge of apertures, shutter, and exposures. The course is especially suited for you if you have completed the Leicester College certificates in traditional and digital photography. The lessons will be informal, and you will be encouraged to invite models/family/friends to sit for your portraits.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although it might be useful if you have completed the digital or traditional photography programmes at Leicester College, as the course looks at apertures, shutter, and light meter reading. Support will be given by the tutor if you have limited experience though. A keen interest in photography is essential and a basic understanding of some camera attributes and functions would be beneficial. You can consider bringing your own camera to practice with.

How you will be assessed

There is no formal assessment. Your tutor will discuss individual personal targets with you.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £75.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

Other courses you can look at after the studio certificate could be the Photography HNC, or digital/traditional/Photoshop certificates, or even consider our Photography Foundation Degree. Other courses you may be interested in include Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Advanced Adobe Photoshop, both taught at Leicester College. This course could lead to higher level study in photography if you wish.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short learner details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment.

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