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Short Course - Advanced
Photography | Advanced

Enhance your creative skills and understanding of the camera through studio and location photography via personalised projects.

Taught by our specialist staff, this course accommodates those who wish to build on previous dark room and camera experience, and further explore their personal practice. This will vary depending on the level of experience and desire to develop work independently or with the support of the lecturer.

This course has multiple study options

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)
Tuesdays or Thursdays
7.00pm - 9.30pm

Course delivery will vary depending on the level of experience and desire to develop work independently or with the support of the lecturer.

The course includes full access to Gray's School of Arts darkroom facilities.

You are encouraged to develop self-directed study in the film format of their choosing from 35mm, medium format to 5x4 and larger. 

Tuition and advice will be tailored to your individual and chosen path of creative practice.

Please note: Intermediate Photography will run alongside our Advanced Photography Short Course.  This course also includes some classes that meet on location, requiring students to travel to the location or be picked up from Gray's on a Saturday or Sunday.


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

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


This course is recommended for those who have completed the Intermediate course or equivalent. Students must have knowledge and experience of film developing and darkroom practice.

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: £365


You will access darkroom enlarging equipment to print from all classic negative sizes including 35mm, 6x4.5cm, 6x6cm, 6x7cm, 6x9cm, 5x4inch, 5x7, X-PAN, 6x17cm and even up to 10x12 inch negatives plus the ability to print from old glass plates - Quarter Plate, Half Plate, Whole Plate, 10x8 etc and Stereo.

There are Enlargers capable of making prints to 24x20 inch or bigger. You will also access the Fibre Based Paper drying drum, large heat press / dry mounting press and the photographic studio for personal projects.

Access to 6x45 Single Lens Reflex and 6x6 Twin Lens Reflex Medium Format Cameras is also available..

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.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

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.


Facilities specifically tailored for this course:

University Wide Facilities

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