What you’ll learn
This microcredential is for competent photographers who want to develop their professional portfolio. The course teaches the key principles of digital photography and imaging, equipping you with basic skills to navigate fast-moving technological developments in digital photography.
In addition to the theory, there are a series of weekly hands-on practical assignments designed to maximise student enjoyment and progression through the subject.
The course includes many practical activities that show you how to technically and creatively improve your images using a range of photo-editing software. These will:
- teach you how to critically evaluate your own and others’ work in the spirit of continuous technical and artistic improvement
- encourage you to experiment with the principles of digital photography and imaging in front of a stimulating and supportive online community
- help you begin to create a professional portfolio of which you can be proud.
By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:
- apply photographic techniques to create interesting images
- demonstrate knowledge of the internal workings of modern cameras and how they create images
- identify different photographic genres and the most effective techniques used in each
- produce high quality digital images using a combination of manual methods and editing software
- develop your own photographic style and give constructive feedback on others.
This course provides the knowledge and skills to help amateur photographers take the next steps towards professional photography. Creating a portfolio of work that explores an explicit photographic intent is a requirement for a number of distinctions, qualifications and recognitions, including the RPS Associateship Distinction (ARPS).
On successful completion, you’ll be awarded:
- 10 academic credits at undergraduate level
- The Royal Photographic Society Certificate in Photography.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations