This course has concessions available

Photography Studies – Online

The Photography Studies course will lead you through some of the main photographic genres from early examples to new ideas that are developing today. Each week the class will explore groundbreaking work from some of the most notable photographers of street, portraiture, landscape, documentary and still-life. Are you interested in discussing great photography and interpreting photographs as a way to deepen your photographic practice as well as open up potential new directions? If so this Photography Studies course could be the perfect complement to your camera work.
Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This course is for all photographers who are interested in learning more about how photography developed through its different genres and the photographers who shaped these changes. You will learn by studying, discussing and interpreting photographs and the photographers that have been influential in shaping the medium. In considering how great photography relates to your own practice it opens the possibilities for inspiring new interests and directions.

What does this course cover

Each week will focus on a different genre from street, portraiture, landscape, still-life and documentary. The course will explore and discuss the groundbreaking work of some of the most notable photographers that have shaped these genres. As well as past practice the course will also look at examples of these genres from today's photographers and discuss how digital technology is changing photography. You will finish the course with an opportunity to review how these Photography Studies have inspired connections to develop your own practice.

What will it be like

The course will use multi-media including images, videos and presentations as ways of learning. These will be a carefully chosen set of resources that you will be able to continue to make use of during the course. At all stages of the course, participation through discussion will be encouraged. Short assignments will enable you to research further into specific areas of interest.

Participation in discussion and by having a chance to present your own research into a short assignment of specific interest.

What else do you need to buy or do

Have online access during the course and use of either a computer or tablet.
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further study at Mary Ward on any of the ongoing Digital Photography courses.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’