Digital Photography - Advanced Plus Part 1 (UC09U05A)

An advanced project-led course; with projects built around core photographic themes, reflecting different kinds of photography and different photography skills.

Course overview

The course will cover a set of core themes that students will be able to explore through various photography genres of their choice. The aim of the course will be to develop student's creativity, technical knowledge and awareness of the broad creative scope photography has to offer by engaging with a range of photographic practitioners, both historic and contemporary.

You will be encouraged to build on the knowledge and technical skills acquired in the advanced level courses; you will be challenged to achieve even more by seeking to become increasingly inventive and progressive in your execution. The course is creatively driven instead of technically driven, but full technical support will be given to polish existing skills and new techniques taught to support student's specific projects.

This is a blended course offering both the benefits of online and face to face teaching - a real-time online course with two in-person workshop sessions.

Where Online and at Uckfield Civic Centre, Civic Approach, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AE.
When Tuesday, 12:30pm - 2:30pm from 21st September 2021 until 7th December 2021 for 10 weeks.

Online classes - 21st, 28th September, 5th October, 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th November
( 1 session to be confirmed for makeup session for 19th October)
Practical in-person classes at Uckfield Civic Centre - 12th October and 9th November (Lessons 4 & 7)

There will be no classes on 19th & 26th October (Half term).

The practical sessions of this course are planned to develop and consolidate your online learning. If restrictions are reintroduced that make it impossible for the practical classes to take place in the venue, they will take place online.

Cost The full fee is £180.00.

During the course

Specific Covid Considerations:

To ensure Safe Practice during practical sessions:

You must not attend the class if you show signs or symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting results of a PCR Covid test, have been in close contact with a Covid-19 patient within 14 days or anyone who has been advised to self isolate for any reason. Please inform the ACRES' office, who will advise the tutor.

All tutors, students and visitors are encouraged to participate in rapid lateral flow testing in the interest of everybody's safety, however, this is not a mandatory requirement. Test kits are readily available locally or from

For further information please see Policy & Procedures on the ACRES website.

What you already need to know

Ideally, you will have completed the Advanced photography courses. However, if you are a technically proficient photographer confident using the manual mode, who wants to increase your creativity and learn how to develop photography projects and create folios, then this is the course for you. A good understanding of camera function and confidence shooting in manual mode is a must.

What you will learn

All advanced level courses are project-led, each being built around core photographic themes reflecting different kinds of photography and different photography skills.

For example, a core theme may be, Narrative. Students will be introduced to core creative concepts and how photographers, both historic and contemporary, engage with narrative in different ways and use different genres. Students will then develop their own projects engaging with whichever genres/subject matters inspire them the most and develop their own creative photography journeys.

Each core theme will introduce students to new camera techniques as well as refining skills already engaged with. Depending on how student projects develop, there will also be the opportunity to learn some new core editing techniques to enhance project outcomes!

The course will also include a collaborative project, Photographic Conversations. This will overarch the whole course and will be an opportunity for students to collaborate to make a series of images in reaction to images made by their peers.

How you will learn it

This course occurs both online and in person.
Online lessons will take place in a virtual classroom where you will engage with hands-on tasks and challenges, in-depth tutorials, and practical demonstrations. You will also have access to handouts, presentations and an online image gallery where you can share your images with the tutor and your fellow students for feedback, review and discussion.

Each week a specific class challenge will be set to encourage you to explore the techniques of the lesson in greater depth. You will receive full technical support to ensure you are confident in undertaking any tasks assigned. Weekly challenges will also be set for you to practise techniques and creativity at home, between classes.

The two workshop sessions will take place at Uckfield Civic Centre and will be a terrific opportunity to undertake technical and creative challenges with hands-on technical support from the tutor. The workshops will be facilitated beforehand, with students receiving full instruction via presentations and handouts in the online class, so more time on intensive hands-on learning in the classroom!

Bring to the first session

Learning online:

This is an online course or has online lessons, which will be taught in real time using a video platform (usually Google Meet), supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time. You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or iPad) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection. Please note that using a mobile phone is not recommended as due to the small screen it can be difficult to see text and images displayed during the session and you may not be able to view or access some resources.

Important information about how to access your online course, online etiquette, digital safe practice, health and safety will be sent to you before your course starts and can also be viewed on the ACRES website.

Policy & Procedures

Materials and items you will need to do the course

Please do not purchase any materials or items until you are certain that your course will run to avoid unnecessary costs. Course decisions are normally made a week before the course start date.

By enrolling on this course, you agree to take responsibility for your own equipment's safety, security, and insurance. ACRES does not accept liability for any damage or loss caused by accident or through the downloading or viewing of any malicious or illegal software or content whilst using the Internet, email, transferring of files to and from your DSLR camera, laptop and/or desktop computer or any other activity undertaken whilst on this course. If you have any questions, please speak to your tutor or contact the ACRES office on 01825 761820.

Extra study or practice

This course is project-based, so you will be expected to work outside of class to develop your photo projects. Project progress will be reviewed and constructive feedback given by the tutor and peers each week in class to support ongoing personal development and encourage critical thinking.

How to enrol

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 4 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

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Next steps within this subject with ACRES

After completing this course to continue learning with Toby, explore more themes and techniques, and grow your skills further by enrolling on the next 10-week Digital photography - Advanced Plus course starting 13th January 2022.

At the end of the term, ACRES hopes to provide a photography field workshop on location as a great opportunity for tutored photography in the landscape! TBC!

Future steps beyond ACRES

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

Further information

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.