Photography

Whether you are new to taking photographs, a keen amateur or a professional, we offer a wide range of part-time, evening and weekend photography courses suited to every level of expertise. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team: [email protected] or call us 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

Learn and develop skills and techniques necessary for contemporary photography practice on intensive courses aimed at beginners to advanced. You can pay for your course in installments at our enrolment counter.

Download information on course levels and progression courses for photography in 2018.

Learn more about the Photography department here at Build; read our photography students' stories; discover top tips for making money from your photography and we've also added some tips on Photographing London.

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  1. Photography for beginners

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jan 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  2. Documentary photography

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Intrigued by documentary photography and the stories it can tell? Get immersed in this fascinating visual tradition, exploring its theory and history, the messages it can convey and the impact it can have. Learn about the technical choices involved, debate issues of truth and objectivity, then develop documentary skills yourself, working on short and longer-term projects leading to an exciting and varied portfolio.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  3. Photography for beginners with Adobe Lightroom

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly to produce impressive photographs, then learn to use Adobe Lightroom to edit, manipulate and manage your images.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. Close encounters: photographing family and friends

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    On this practical course you will learn how to take your family photography to the next level. We will be focussing on improving your camera technique and people skills enabling you to create lasting memories for the present and the future.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. Critical and analytic theories in photography

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to some of the main ways of thinking about photography, based on cultural theory, politics, philosophy and semiotics.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Build Pro: headshot photography

    Course Date: Thu 1 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Build Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this headshot photography course you will learn professional techniques, how to light and take portraits creatively, and processing your images quickly using industry software - Capture One and Lightroom.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  7. Wedding photography

    Course Date: Sun 11 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Thinking about going into wedding photography? Get to grips with everything you need to know, from liaising with the bride and groom to finding the best equipment, capturing the essential shots, and skills in post-production. Learn to control situations and anticipate the right moment to take the shot, and become an expert at natural images as well as those key reportage shots and formal posed groups.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Studio access - photography

    Course Date: Tue 13 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Make use of the facilities in the photography studio to practise what you have learned in class. No tuition is given but some online tutorials are available for software based learning.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  9. Exploring the V&A archive

    Course Date: Wed 14 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the rich history of photography through the Victoria & Albert Museum archives. Come and enjoy sharing your passion for early photographic processes and materials with like-minded people.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Build Pro: beginners photography intensive

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Build Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this beginners photography course you will learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, colour balance, photo composition, lighting, and shooting inside and outdoors.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  11. Photographing people

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  12. Setting up a photography business

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Thinking of setting yourself up as a professional photographer? Get expert guidance on your first steps into the commercial world and develop essential business skills, from planning and basic book-keeping to the most lucrative areas of photography and the best professional accreditations.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. Online archival digital printing for artists workshop

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to improve the quality and impact of your digital prints? Learn the basics of preparing your work for single prints or editions, including the merits of inkjet/giclée and C-type prints, printer software, and online printing. We'll guide you through print tests and different papers, enabling you to achieve the best possible presentation for your images.
    ** Please bring a few of your own images to the first class on a memory stick.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  14. Talks about photography

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    A series of six talks given by photographers, curators, a photographic publisher and academics about their career path, their work and the world of photography. Each talk will be followed by a discussion.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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