Photography Courses in London

At City Lit, we have a variety of photography courses on offer from complete beginners introducing technical and essential skills in how to operate a camera, to specialist workshops and subject based courses.

Our designated photography studio will provide students with access to the latest professional resources including lighting rigs, back drops and array of digital cameras including DSLRs. Learn and develop a range of photographic skills within a professional surrounding with a studio that offers a large open and flexible space, suitable for both collaborative and individual learning.

As a City Lit student, you will have access to Apple MacBook pros, Adobe Creative Cloud and professional camera editing software to help you create professional quality images. Learning from our specialist team of freelance and industry professionals, you’ll receive expert hands-on guidance in the skills required in taking professional photographs and beyond.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

To arrange a conversation with our photography coordinator about your interests, options and courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.


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  1. Looking at photography: critical and analytic theories
    Course start date:  Tue 9 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Armelle Skatulski
    An introduction to some of the main ways of thinking about photography, based on cultural theory, politics, philosophy and semiotics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Personal photography projects: open studio access
    Course start date:  Fri 12 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Been on previous courses and need space to hone and practice your technique or need support in photographing a collection? Guided by a highly experienced tutor, use our fully equipped studio space and equipment to take your personal project forward. Delve deeper into the world of photography, working in a studio, we will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  3. Jewellery and product photography
    Course start date:  Sat 20 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    Need to photograph jewellery for your website or leaflets? Discover how to get the most effective images with even the most simple digital camera. Learn how to shoot macro, photograph against backgrounds, use light and contrast, and prepare images for web and print, bringing a real touch of professionalism to your promotional materials.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  4. London photography: River Thames
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Explore and discover London through daytime photography walks around locations rich in photographic potential.

    The walks revolve around photographing views along the River Thames, from the Aldwych area eastwards to the City, from London Bridge to the Southbank and from Westminster to the newly developed Nine Elms area. Bring your own camera and comfortable walking shoes as you capture places, spaces, objects and people.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00

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