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London College Of Style

Advanced Diploma


12 Weeks

Next Start Date

Monday 4th January - Monday 22nd March 2021


Beginner to Intermediate



You’ll focus on Portrait, Fashion and Photo Journalism as you find your style, develop your creative skills and learn how to stand out as a photographer. 


Ideal for beginner to intermediate level photographers, this course begins with the basics and covers how to use your camera in a professional context. Understanding your camera and equipment is vital, as this shows you how to get the best out of them.

You’ll master using studio and natural lighting, cover depth of field, shutter speed, capturing motion, light temperature, lenses, digital image resolution, ISO and shutter speed, and how to focus the lens (auto, continuous, single etc.).

You’ll then progress to engaging master classes, where you’ll apply your new skills to Fashion, Portrait and Street (Photojournalism) Photography in both studio-based and location work.

We’ll connect you to London’s leading modelling agencies and artists for inspiring collaborations. The fashion component will create the opportunity to shoot with professional models, dressed by leading fashion PR agencies and styled by experienced fashion stylists. You’ll also gain access to creative teams of professional hair and makeup – elevating your portfolio to industry level.

This component teaches you the expertise to research, produce, manage and direct independently. You’ll also complete training in how to publish work in leading fashion publications, and how to commission work for paying commercial clients.

The portraiture component will explore the art of capturing the personality of each and every subject you shoot. Learn the art of composition, background choice and various lighting setups from artificial and natural sources. Decide on how to frame and position your client, capturing their likeness, expression, personality and mood from a range of portraiture styles, including traditional, lifestyle and environmental to conceptual, candid and surreal.

The Photojournalism (Street Photography) component of the course, explores the power of visual storytelling. Learn the art of professional photojournalism in conveying real life stories. Relating to your subjects, their views, passions and concerns as an eyewitness to real life events.

You’ll learn how to capture images that convey a visual narrative in an unbiased and fair way. You’ll also learn how news photography enables you to communicate storytelling to media editors and the general public for commissioned works.

Post-production skills will focus on the basics of Adobe Creative suite, enabling you to retouch your own imagery and build your portfolio.

Equipment Requirements

You’ll need to purchase a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud / Adobe Photoshop and have access to a laptop. You’ll also need to own/have access to a digital camera.

Is it right for you?

This course arms you with the skills needed to work in:

  • Fashion Photography
  • Portrait Photography
  • Photojournalism / Street Photography
  • Commercial Photography
  • E-commerce Photography
  • Art Direction
  • Fashion Editing & Journalism
  • Lifestyle, Social Media and Blogging Photography
  • Brand Photography
  • Photographic Production
Modules Covered

Technical & Camera Operation Skills

  • Digital capture technical usage
  • Manual and autofocus settings
  • Shutter speeds and programs
  • Exposure & shutter speeds (F/Stop, ISO, and shutter speed)
  • Light Meter readings
  • Lenses (macro, zoom, prime, focal length)
  • Digital image resolution (megapixels) and file formatting (Raw, Tiff, Jpg,)
  • Depth of field
  • Motion (blurring imagery or freezing)
  • Depth of field
  • Manual and autofocus operation
  • Aperture and modes / programs

Post-Production & Photoshop Skills

  • White balance for post production
  • Managing, storing and processing digital material in Photoshop; output and export, converting batch imagery, raw processing
  • Retouching Photoshop skills, tools and techniques, skin work, healing brush, clone stamp, dodge and burn, black and white layering, soft light, highlights and curves, blending modes
  • Studio lighting and equipment set ups; continuous, strobe, flash, fluorescent, Rembrandt, short, backlight, flat, broad, split, low and high key

Fashion Photography Skills

  • Positioning and directing the model with art direction skills
  • History of fashion media and trends
  • Industry protocols in working independently as a published artist
  • Collaborative working with brands, models, fashion stylists, make up, hair artists, fashion editors and journalists
  • Research, shoot prep and magazine analysis

Portraiture Photography Skills

  • Portraiture environments
  • Set ups and lighting, backgrounds
  • Managing lighting, composition
  • Subject research
  • Styles of portraiture: traditional, lifestyle and environmental, conceptual, candid and surreal
  • The art of composition
  • Framing your subject, capturing likeness, expression and personality
Course Fees and Dates



All course fees can be made by interest-free instalment payments. Please contact the LCS team for a person plan today.

Please NotePlaces are in high demand, therefore a deposit must be received to secure your place on this course. For more information on fees, deposits and refunds, please refer to our Terms & Conditions.


January Term:
Monday 4th January – Monday 22nd March 2021

April Term:
Tuesday 12th April – Monday 28th June 2021

September Term:
Monday 6th September – Monday 22nd November 2021

Entry Requirements

This course has been designed for emerging photographers who would like to break into the world of Portrait, Fashion and Photojournalism Photography at an industry level, those who are new to photography or those at an intermediate level, wishing to consolidate skill with industry connectivity. You should have a keen interest in the subject, with a basic understanding of using a DSLR or SLR camera but no previous experience is required.

Student Finance

LCS is delighted to offer applicants Monthly Repayment Finance via our preferred partner – PAYL8R. Simply choose “YES” when asked ‘Do you require finance?‘ within your online application.

Campus Address

London College of Style
CIEE Global Building
46-47 Russell Square
London WC1B 4JP

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Industry Pedigree

Our global network of tutors have industry-leading experience, expert knowledge and the skills to help you succeed.
Ram Shergill

Ram Shergill

Fashion and Editorial Photographer

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Lowe H Seger

Lowe H Seger

Fashion, Advertising, Portrait Photographer

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Simon Melber

Simon Melber

Editorial and Fashion Photographer

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A recognised path for aspiring creatives to kick start their careers

We have had the pleasure of taking on students from LCS for the past few seasons and hopefully many more, supporting us backstage as well as front of house for Fashion Scout Shows. The students were amazing and great to work with, receiving fantastic feedback from our team as well as all our designers.

LCS created by industry professionals as a centre of excellence for all things fashion, styling and creative

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