Open University Online Course

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Digital photography: creating and sharing better images

This 10 week online course, which has been developed with the Open University (OU), is designed to give you the ability to create and share good quality digital images, together with the necessary basic skills to tackle The Royal Photographic Society Licentiate Distinction (LRPS) in still photography.

It is suitable for the beginner and does not assume any knowledge of photographic techniques or digital photo-editing skills. It will also appeal to those who want to top up their skills.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award of the RPS Certificate in Photography.  The certificate is free to members of The Society who have completed the course and for a small fee to non-members. Members will also be entitled to attend a free Distinctions Advisory Day.

 * The course is available worldwide and costs £200. 

Start dates:

  • 04 March 2017 (you can register from 11 February 2016 - 17 February 2017)
  • 21 October 2017 (you can register from 9 March 2017 - 5 October 2017)
  • 03 March 2018 (you can register from 9 March 2017 - 15 February 2018)
  • 20 October 2018

For more information please click this link:

To read about the experience of a student who has studied the course click here.

Image © Chris Hammond ARPS


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LRPS Ilya Fisher

Ilya Fisher

RPS Journal May 2016

Ilya Fisher tells how the Society’s online Open University course helped her achieve her LRPS.

May 2016
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