This course is an introduction to the basic functions of the Digital SLR camera. It teaches a range of photographic techniques to help students take great images.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and rules regarding social distancing this course will be taught via blended learning. The course will include both online and face to face teaching sessions. All sessions will be scheduled at the times indicated below.

? The course tutor will provide live teaching sessions online using Microsoft Teams.

? Selected sessions will be available for a small number of students on a rota basis at the college. All face to face sessions will also be streamed online to ensure all learners can fully participate in every session. Your course tutor will arrange with you a rota for coming into the college.

? If you are not attending in person, you will participate in the session from home via Microsoft Teams.

? Learners who are unable to attend face to face sessions can still enrol onto the course and attend all sessions online.

Learners will also be able to access a wide range of College services including Moodle, Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Drive) and Microsoft Teams to support online learning. Induction sessions will be held prior to the start of the course, to allow learners to familiarise themselves with the online learning platforms.


Meet our students Ethan Thorne

Ethan Thorne

“I chose Newbury College because it has a healthy environment in which I can enjoy creative freedom.”

Meet our students James Lockhart

James Lockhart

“My time at college has been really positive. I’ve been able to focus solely on one subject that I really enjoy and I’m progressing onto university with an unconditional offer at the university of my choice.”

James Lockhart
Art and Design

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

“I would recommend Newbury College as I have had so much support. I have enjoyed developing my skills in spray painting and printmaking techniques.”

Meet our students Willow Hammond-Ellaway

Willow Hammond-Ellaway

“I chose to study at Newbury College because it was conveniently close. I also loved the course choices, such a huge range, it was very difficult for me to decide what would be best. I had a lot of support to help me choose what course would be best for my future. I have enjoyed the confidence that I have gained from my course and I am very thankful for everything the college has done for me.”

  • Description

    This course is suitable for complete beginners and those wishing to build upon their existing skills, supported by examples from the tutor and other photographic works. Techniques and equipment are explored through mini projects. It is expected that at the end of each eight week term students will have developed, refined, produced and printed a series of photographs based on set themes.

    Over the duration of the course the following will be covered:

    Basic SLR camera techniques such as: Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, Macro, Rules of thirds and cropping and White Balance. During the studio sessions, students will explore lighting studio techniques. Students will be shown how to create good composition within an image and use these techniques within the Photoshop programme.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • To explore how to use the DSLR manually to take images to using the correct ISO, Shutter Speeds and Apertures
    • To produce a series of good constructed images on location and in the studio
    • To produce images that have been digitally manipulated using Photoshop

    *PLEASE NOTE: The running of this course is subject to receiving sufficient enrolments. Newbury College reserves the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled student will be notified approximately one week prior to the start date.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however students must own their own SLR camera.

  • Qualification

    This course contains a short, accredited qualification, which consists of planning and carrying out several different photographic projects using a range of taught skills. Students keep a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and externally via the awarding body. Upon successful completion of the qualification, students are awarded the Level 1 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for Photography.

  • Progression

    Students can progress onto the Advanced DSLR Photography course at Newbury College.

  • Assessment

    Informal assessment of student progress on the workshop will take place at the beginning, middle and end of the course. Assessment will take the form of discussion, both on an individual basis and as part of a group and from tutor observation. Students will create a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and externally via the awarding body.

  • Home Study

    Students will be expected to take photographs outside of the session times and bring these to class with them each week to discuss with tutor.

  • Work Placement

    Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Students may wish to print their work out and this can be done through the College or local photographic dealers.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
99806 202101 Tuesday 15/09/2020 10/11/2020 19:00 - 21:00 £130

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Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
99806 202102 Tuesday 23/02/2021 27/04/2021 19:00 - 21:00 £130

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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.