The Art of Black and White Photography - Summer School (short course)

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Why study this course?

Whether you are new to film photography or you have previous experience of the darkroom and want to refresh and revisit, this course is a great way to learn how to shoot beautiful photos and process and print your own black-and-white film.

More about this course

Learn the craft of processing black-and-white film and darkroom printing. This intensive darkroom course will take you from the basic fundamentals of black-and-white 35mm and medium format film, through to the more advanced techniques for producing exhibition-quality prints. Run in our fully equipped darkrooms, the course will cover printing on resin-coated and fibre-based variable contrast papers, dodging and burning, pre-flashing, and caring for your prints and negatives.

The course will be a fully immersive introduction to using film and to the art of hand printing. We will look at past masters and contemporary photographers working in black and white. We will discuss genres and how to begin to make a body of work. You will also have the chance to photograph around east London and immediately return to our unique fully-equipped darkroom facilities to process and print your work and see your vision come to life.

If you have always wanted to learn how to shoot, process and print your own black-and-white film, or develop your skills in this area, this is the course for you. Perhaps you have previous experience of darkroom but would like to refresh your memory and hone your skills. This course is for anyone who would like to make pictures using film and would like to see their vision resulting in beautiful black-and-white prints.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Course structure

The first day will be spent learning about different processes and the photographers who use them.

We will spend time in the darkroom learning a range of experimental processes, pinhole cameras and the cyanotype process. We will dedicate the rest of the week to processing films and developing darkrooms skills, to produce a series of contact prints, work prints and an exhibition-quality print.

Course dates

Course dates Summer dates will be announced Spring 2020
Length Four consecutive days
Day and time Monday to Thursday, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 20


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included in the course fees.?

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.