Photography Courses at Sutton College

Learning Photography is a fulfilling activity.  From understanding the basics of your camera’s functionality to learning to explore, view and present your world in a new way, Sutton College has a course that will suit. Sutton College’s Photography Department is built on the demand from learners who want to enjoy their cameras; produce lasting, tangible memories and industry with its high demand for skilled photographers. 

Sutton College has a fully equipped photographic studio based in the heart of Sutton where there are a number of courses taught throughout the year, weekdays, morning, afternoons, evenings and on Saturday mornings.

Our superior photography teachers are award winning individuals with years of experience as teachers and working freelance in the industry.  Their flair, and creativity is infectious, and learners are able to soak this in and explore this craft to achieve their personal goals.

Courses are offered for hobby, beginner, career and advanced photographers.  Most courses have built Adobe Lightroom in as a module. Learners* benefit from free access to most apps on Adobe Suite for the duration of their course and have the ability to purchase an additional 6 months at a much reduced rate. 

Courses are typically run seasonally starting with the accredited courses in September at levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as the popular Beginners Course.  Some courses have intensive options for those who are faster learners or have less time available.  We then offer a selection of targeted workshops starting with weddings and Adobe Lightroom, and other specialist courses such as Street Photography and Buildings and Architecture.

Learners and former learners are offered enrichment opportunities throughout the year working with charities, businesses, and media to hone skills, build confidence and experience whilst enhancing portfolios.  Much of the teaching and learning is carried out on location, capitalising on different events in the UK events calendar or by invitation. 

At whatever stage you start with our Photography Department there is something else for you to move on to as we introduce new programmes throughout the year.

Courses in 20-21 include: 

Photography Level 1 Certificate – Start a career in photography here.  You will gain a qualification and learn the techniques needed to build an academic career in photography.  This course offers a solid start that will be very rewarding and will be a motivating factor for moving on to do the Level 2 and level 3 courses.

Wedding Photography with Adobe Lightroom – This course is for all skill levels.  Learn how to make wedding pictures; capture the drama and atmosphere of the day.

Photography Level 3 – This course is for the prospective professional photographer wanting to go on to work at the highest levels within the industry; to teach or start your own business.  This course is an investment in a career that will repay many-fold.

Photography for Business – Start Your Own Business – If you want to start your own photography business working from home or a premises, you want to learn the techniques and gain the business knowledge and you need to do this in a short space of time, this course is for you.  This is a fast-paced course for the business entrepreneur. You will learn photography alongside how to run a business; accounting, taxation, buying, marketing and pricing.

*On courses of more than 8 weeks


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