• Nescot was the first in the UK to run digital photography and image editing courses. We trained industry players like Kodak, Olympus, and the MOD and remain an authority on the subject.
• Award-winning tutors working at the highest levels as specialist wildlife, landscape, architectural, portrait, medical, technical and commercial studio photographers.
• Registered Nikon Academy.
• Strong links with industry giants like Apple, Calumet, Nikon, Kodak and national newspaper picture desks.
• In-house and on location workshops with commercial photographers.
• Field trips to London galleries, museums and exhibitions and landscape photography sessions in the Surrey Hills.
• Nikon digital SLR cameras and Elinchrom location lighting.
• The latest digital imaging and presentation software packages.
• Industry-standard processing, digital imaging and photography studios with Broncolor lighting, complete range of film cameras and monochrome darkroom.
• Cheap rates for students purchasing their own technical equipment.
• Virtual learning environments give you access to course materials from any internet enabled computer.
• Previous photography students currently working at all levels in creative fields for companies like Nikon, organisations like the MOD, and NHS trusts and for newspapers and magazines.
- Stephanie McAfee
- First Year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography
When I started this course I thought photography was quite straight forward, but in the last year I've learnt so much about different skills and techniques. I'm a lot more confident now, and my tutors have really helped me by letting me do things like taking the official photos for the hair students' annual show. It was a really useful experience, because it let me put into practice what I'd learnt.
My favourite unit this year has been the darkroom. Using film is much harder than using a digital camera, because you just have one chance to get everything right. I think there's a beauty in that. Next year I'm really looking forward to learning about animation, which I've heard is a really interesting unit.
Once I finish my BTEC I'm hoping to progress here at Nescot by doing the Higher National Diploma. I love doing portraits of people, and my dream is to set up my own business doing that. I think the teachers in the photography department are amazing. They're really knowledgeable and supportive, and they treat the students fairly. At sixth form you are treated like a child, but here you are treated like an adult and you're given opportunities and responsibilities. They expect more from you, but I think it makes you better because you raise your own expectations and you start to realise that you can do it.