Photography - Portfolio Preparation Course

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Why choose this course?

Course Dates:

Saturday 03 October to 07 December 2020 (excluding 24 and 31 October for half term)

Cost: £145

This course aims to help advance your photographic portfolio, ready for sixth form, college or for applying to colleges or university. Its focus is on understanding how to take photographs using both analogue and digital processes and on developing the skills you need to take, develop and present your images. You will also learn how to work with photo editing software such as Photoshop, to enhance, manipulate and otherwise process images. The course encourages you to experiment with photographic techniques, once you've learnt the basics.

This course will enable you to progressively develop your work, over a six week period; gaining new skills and experimenting with new ideas and media. You will learn how to work in a professional photography studio and grow in confidence to try new things.

What will you learn?

  • Camera controls: you will learn the basics about shutter speed, aperture & ISO through fun group exercises.
  • Photographic studio: you will work in small groups to produce outstanding photographic portraits for your portfolio, whilst using studio lighting, soft boxes, spot lights, honeycomb, reflectors and more.
  • Further work in the photographic studio will see you work in small teams to manipulate imagery, including creating double exposures, and giving the illusion of movement. You will continue to develop your studio lighting skills.
  • Photoshop: You will learn how to import images, and work with the full range of Photoshop tools, including layers, layer masks, image adjustments and the process of saving files for printing and web use.
  • Darkroom: you will be given an introduction to the use of the darkroom in a photogram workshop, where you will use chemicals, enlargers and printing processes.
  • Exhibition: you will learn about framing and preparing your final pieces for both exhibition and your portfolio: This will involve cutting/framing and storing your work.
  • Presentation: learning how to present and communicate your work to a group will help you develop good interview techniques.

You will leave the course with a large and highly professional portfolio of photographic work, both showing your skills and helping you stand out in any interview.

Useful information


This course is for 13 to 17 year olds.


Signing in takes place from 09.15 - 09.25 each day in the Gallery. which is located between the Art and Design Building and the Todd Building. Please see the campus map, for details.


Parents: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name.

Where to find us

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. The School of Creative Arts is on the bottom left corner of the downloadable map. You can use car park P-E to park your car for drop off and collection.


Each group will have an art assistant with them for the whole time whilst they are taking part in the course. This assistant can help you with any problems you have while you are on site. All tutors and associated helpers for this course have been DBS checked.

Emergency contact

We need to have your contact numbers so we can contact your parents/carers in an emergency. These must be confirmed on the first day, when you are registering. If you need to contact us, please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327.  


All materials and equipment needed to take part in all of our children's summer workshops will be provided by the University. You do not need to supply any materials of your own.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
03/10/202007/11/2020Saturdays 09.30 to 12.30£145Apply online