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Documentary/ Contemporary Photography

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Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

New and returning learners:

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Would you like to use photography to tell a story or help a cause? Have you got a pet project that you'd like to make happen? Add depth and meaning to what you shoot.

"Documentary photography" usually describes longer-term, multi-image projects that tell the story of something significant or provide a record of everyday life in a consistent and relatively true-to-life style.

"Contemporary" photography has a similar approach, but may use more stylised images, and importantly explores issues affecting society.

The course runs over 5 consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm.

Field trip will take place on Saturday 23 May from 10am–4:30pm.

You can develop your interest in photography further through a range of creative and practical photography courses at Banbury and Bicester College.

Browse the full list to get inspired.

What I'll learn

While there is no formal qualification, provided that you engage with the full course experience, you will benefit in several ways; a different appreciation for photography generally, a deeper understanding of this particular genre, practical skills to tackle a variety of projects, a number of images to add to your personal portfolio, a wider network of peers to support you in the future.


How I'll learn

Through a combination of exploration, conversation, practical assignments and field work, this short course will help you understand the key elements of project-based, documentary or contemporary photography, develop skills to perform it well, build your confidence, and make progress in your personal projects.


Entry Requirements

Documentary/ Contemporary Photography is for anyone interested in the genre, regardless of experience.

 You will find you get more from the course if you have a digital camera with manual controls and you are already familiar with the essentials of using this.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.