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By developing your skills and knowledge in photography and post-production editing, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques and genres and develop your own photographic style, including studio-based, fashion, location, portraiture, still-life, mixed-media and landscape. You will be based in our professionally equipped arts school, where we have a new state-of-the-art Mac suite, complete with Adobe’s creative package, as well as a large professional photography studio and fully functioning darkroom.
We place great emphasis on students from all art and design disciplines integrating with each other and some of your sessions will be mixed with both art and design and fashion students to encourage sharing of ideas and knowledge. Day and residential trips will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop an awareness of contemporary photographic and art practices.
Our Level 3 Diploma in Photography develops your ability to use both digital and analogue SLR cameras, as well as building Photoshop skills, to improve your employment prospects and preparing you for further study in higher education.
We also offer university level courses involving a diverse range of units, designed to develop skills applicable to the photographic and creative industries and grow your individual practice.
For those wishing to start photography as a hobby or improve existing skills to start a career in photography or digital imaging, our part-time courses will help provide you with the skills to achieve your goals.
Check out our student blog where you’ll see a selection of photographs in a range of projects.
I chose photography because I want to have a career in that industry. Even though this course is new, it is providing me with knowledge I didn’t learn at my old college, such as processing film in a darkroom and going through different lighting setups.
Our students have undertaken a variety of extra-curricular projects including photographing the Shropshire hunt, weddings and producing promotion photography for TV star Nick Knowles’ new vegan restaurant in Shrewsbury. One of our students also produced all the photography of the College's well-received Made in Dagenham production at Theatre Severn.
A qualification in Photography will allow you to progress onto a variety of different creative routes including a degree at university, self-employment or as a photographic apprentice to build your skills on the job.Students also go into studio photography, photojournalism, sports photography, fashion photography, wedding or events photography, photo retouching, styling, PR, advertising, picture editing, tutoring or any number of other creative roles.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Assistant Photographer £12,000+
- Press Photographer £12,000+
- Photographic Technician £12,000+
- Photo Editor £16,000+
You could move on to be an:
- Photographic Stylist £15,000+
- Forensic Photographer £20,000+
- Photographer £25,000-£65,000
Source: National Careers Service
I am keen to encourage students to enter their work for exhibitions, competitions and to gain work experience in the photography industry as this will stand them in good stead for their future progression. The great thing about the courses at Shrewsbury College is that we try to give students the chance to work on real-life photography projects, as well as the more experimental pathways.