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Lecturer at Morley College London
To learn more about how to get involved in the UK’s penchant for photography, we spoke to Paul Kemp, photography tutor at Morley College, about the types of photography courses on offer and how you can best tap into your creative potential and get snapping....more
Morley College London is one of the UK's leading centres for adult education. The College is located 7 minutes' walk from Waterloo station. Founded in 1889, Morley has a distinguished history in music and the visual arts.
Today we offer over sixty areas of study in state-of-the-art facilities, along with numerous concerts, lectures, exhibitions and performances. We welcome over 13,000 students to the College each year.
Whether you are studying for your wellbeing, wanting to progress into higher education or develop your career, our vision at Morley is for our student's ambitions to be inspired and achieved through learning.
I have just completed my second year at Morley College, having taken both level 2 and level 3 City & Guilds photography courses. They are year-long courses, with weekly three-hour classes. The lessons were varied; in one we would learn about and practice a particular photographic technique or genre, or process digital files in Lightroom, and in the next we would share our own images in order to give and receive some invaluable feedback. The tutor is a photographer and experienced teacher, with a thorough understanding of the C&G assessment criteria, so is able to guide students towards producing their best possible work. He is happy to answer questions and is open to feedback from students – particularly in level 3 – about the kind of topics they would like to cover in class. The focus, particularly in terms 2 and 3, was very much on our own projects because this is how C&G assesses the level of each student’s work. There were some guidelines about the themes that we could choose for our projects, but they were fairly broad and I didn’t feel limited by them. In fact, in both years I was amazed at the diversity of the work that we produced and its standard, and I certainly learnt a great deal from my peers. Some of us have remained in contact and are planning monthly meetings, with visits to exhibitions, photo shoots and trips to the pub on the cards! I think it important to say that these courses demand more of the students, in terms of the work needed outside of class, than some others because, for each assessed project, there is both photography and written work to complete. It is a commitment, but one that, looking back, I certainly don’t regret. There is plenty of support available throughout, both from the tutor and from the other students, as well as the opportunity to exhibit images within college, and to finish the course with well executed and well presented project work to be proud of.
I did the City and Guilds Level 2 and 3 courses overs two years and found them excellent. The tutor was very knowledgeable and supportive and the facilities were very good. I chose from a range of possible project themes which were assessed at the end of terms 2 and 3 following a general first term. As well as developing photographic skills for a range of purposes, skills in presenting photos were also learnt. Would recommend highly.
I decided to look into doing this course to further my professional qualifications. Being visually and hearing impaired it always poses some challenges particularly when entering a new environment. When I went to meet the Health Dept team at Morley I was pleasantly surprised by the amount and quality of the assistance they provided. They are a credit to the college. The course was well structured, well supported and well delivered and the environment was excellent. I was happy and thankful to the team that not only did I pass the exam but came away with a distinction. Highly recommended.
I learned a lot on this course about working with metal. The workshop has lots of equipment to weld, braze, bend, cut, and otherwise fabricate things in metal. I liked that everyone is free to work on anything they want, getting training as desired along the way. You can choose to try a bit of everything or focus on specific techniques you want to master. If you are a total beginner the teacher will give you assignments and advice to meet your goals, should you prefer to be given projects, but you are also free to bring in your own ideas to work on, asking advice from the experienced teachers/technicians. There was a good atmosphere amongst the other students; I felt very comfortable chatting with them about their work and getting feedback from them about my ideas. There were other beginners as well as very experienced students. You are also free to incorporate non-metal elements into your sculpture if you desire.
I've been wanting to learn to play piano for what seems like forever (and in my case that "seems" is probably accurate!). I dabbled with keyboard as a kid but decided to fight the procrastinator inside me and try and learn properly. I'm so glad I did and glad I chose Morley. Very relaxed class with Haruko my teacher, who is very patient and such an exceptional talent . I come out of the class every week feeling elated that I've learned something and eager to progress further.
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