Photography Online Art Course (D10)

Tutored by Rona Cox

The Photography Course is a Diploma Course

Learn to take fantastic, creative photographs good enough to grace any album or wall. Through a series of lessons, exercises and enjoyable assignments, gain the knowledge and skills to turn your digital camera into a useful tool and not just an automatic recording device!

This diploma course will guide you (with the aid of two-way communication with your personal tutor) through the theory of photography and the practicalities of your camera on to how to compose a good photograph even before you place the camera to your eye. Learn how to decide which equipment you need for a particular shot, how to choose the correct angle of view and what settings to use on your camera for the best results.

The course material is broken down into four sections covering the camera and photographic theory; photography outdoors, including landscape and composition; photography indoors using artificial light, flash and studio portraiture; and the final section shows you how to further develop your work, possibly even for profit. Each section requires you to produce set pieces of work and return them for marking, culminating in the final portfolio where you select a theme from a range of options and use your skills and creativity to produce work in your own style. These assignments will be marked and ultimately result in a diploma for those students reaching the required standard.

The course is designed for the novice photographer, but will be eminently suitable for the photographer with some experience and will also help hone the skills for those photographers thinking of becoming professional. Students with DSLR cameras will gain most from the course, but photographers with bridge and good compacts will still be able to use the material to develop their knowledge.

Essential equipment for the course will be a digital camera with at least a 10 megapixel sensor, with a lens (ideally a zoom), memory cards and batteries. Other equipment, that is a nicety rather than a necessity, would be additional lenses, a flash gun, a tripod and a computer with internal or external card reader. Picture manipulation software would also be an advantage.

The camera is only the means by which the scene chosen or presented to the photographer is recorded – how you use this technical tool is up to you. This diploma course will help you move away from the automatic settings of your camera to the more advanced areas and help you enjoy the only subject where art and science work hand in hand!

Student Artwork by Celeste Abrahams

Student Artwork (details) by Celeste Abrahams

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room. Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Natasha Tyler

Student Artwork (detail) by Natasha Tyler

Tutor Support

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique. The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by Peter Branston

Student Artwork by Peter Branston

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techniques: Skills developed

Digital camera
Zoom, prime and macro lenses
Flashgun and studio lighting
Computer and manipulation software

Camera components
Flash & lighting
Close up
Selling your work

Control of the camera and settings
Selection of lens
Understanding colour and light
Flash balance
Studio setup
Lighting techniques
Photo manipulation

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself taken by tutor Rona Cox.

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Testimonials from Students

I am very grateful to my tutor Rona Cox for her feedback on my assignments. I asked for a firm but fair approach yet she managed to guide me through this course in a better way than that. Rona fed back to me clearly and was concise but did this in a positive manner throughout. I don't think I have one set of assignments that contains even a hint of negativity! Any corrections that may have needed to be made were fed back with clear and fair suggestions with examples provided to show the difference between what I had submitted and how it could be improved. Thank you so much Rona! I can not fault you at all. It has been a pleasure.

Bonnie Talbert

Hi Rona, I read your course book from cover to cover and I would like to compliment you on a job well done! Your text, is clear, easy to understand - even for me - and very interesting. I love your sense of humour too! During my 32 years of teaching, I have done some curriculum development work so I know when text is good. Congratulations.

Lilly Buzzubyk

Hi Rona! I am in receipt of a lovely new Photography Diploma and want to extend my thanks to you. My success has been in no small part due to your continuing positive criticisms and comments concerning my work. I would also like to extend my thanks to the administrative staff who worked in the background sorting out my paperwork and other details. The course was an enjoyable learning experience and one which I shall not hesitate to recommend to others. All the best.


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