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CREDIT: Mark Godfrey LRPS


RPS Distinctions, qualifications, OU and other certificated courses.


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CREDIT: Mark Godfrey LRPS

Licentiate (LRPS)

To become a Licentiate of The Society, applicants must show variety in approach and techniques but not necessarily in subject matter. Demanding but achievable for most dedicated photographers.

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CREDIT: Martin Till ARPS

Associate (ARPS)

Requires a body of work/project of a high standard and a written Statement of Intent. Strong technical ability using techniques and photographic practices appropriate to the subject.

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CREDIT: Ria Mishaal Cooke Snaddon FRPS

Fellowship (FRPS)

Our highest level of Distinction. Requires a distinctive, distinguished and cohesive body of work/project accompanied by a written Statement of Intent. 

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Film, Digital and Multimedia Distinction

These Distinctions recognise achievement in film and digital production from key competencies at Licentiate level, advanced conceptual and technical skills at Associate level and at Fellowship level excellence in, and equating to, the highest industry, professional and artistic standards. Areas of film production covered will range from concept through cinematography, post-production and presentation. 

The Distinctions will support and encourage high quality, innovative and challenging global film making, across diverse cultural, traditional and contemporary practices. Learn more and apply

Film above: © Max Robinson FRPS, Night Train to Kazan

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Research Distinction

You submit written rather than photographic work for the Research category. This category encompasses research in the arts & sciences of photography. 

It also looks at how photography is considered, how its history is recorded and preserved, how photography is taught and how it is understood in its own terms and as part of wider visual and artistic culture.

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Imaging Scientist Qualification

RPS Imaging Scientist vocational qualifications are open for application from those who have professional careers within the fields of engineering, science and technology. 

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CREDIT: Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS

Creative Industries Qualification

RPS Creative Industries qualifications are suitable for those working in the media including picture editors, art directors, curators, and designers as well as those within elements of education.

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These qualifications are designed to enhance career prospects and acknowledge achievements by recognizing professional competence.

Imaging Scientist levels:
Stage 1:
 (QIS & LRPS) Qualified Imaging Scientist
Stage 2: (GIS & ARPS) Graduate Imaging Scientist
Stage 3: (AIS & ARPS) Accredited Imaging Scientist
Stage 4: (ASIS & FRPS) Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist.

Creative Industries levels:
Stage 1: (QICI & LRPS) Qualified in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Licentiate: for those with academic qualifications below degree level.
Stage 2: (GICI & ARPS) Graduate in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate: for those with a first degree.
Stage 3: (AICI & ARPS) Accredited in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate: for those with postgraduate experience in the creative industries.
Stage 4: (ASICI & FRPS) Accredited Senior in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Fellow: the senior professional qualification.

Falmouth MA and BA(Hons) Top-Up Photography

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CREDIT: Rosie Day

Funding for Falmouth on-line Courses

The Royal Photographic Society is offers exclusive bursaries for members wishing to join one of Falmouth Universities Flexible’s part-time, online photography courses. 



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Other certificated courses

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CREDIT: Alison Trimbee LRPS

Open University Online Courses

Digital photography: Creating and Sharing Better Images and Creating a Professional Portfolio.

Two, 10 week online courses, developed by the Open University and supported by the RPS for beginners and those who wish to develop their photography further.

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Schools certificate

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CREDIT: Will Price-Lockyer

Schools Certificate

We want to reward those students who excel in their GCSE Photography exams by awarding them an RPS Certificate in Photography.

If you are a teacher or know of any school teaching photography at GCSE level, please let them know about the certificate.  It’s free and has already proved a hit with the students who received theirs this year.

For further information please contact: Liz Williams, Education Manager, +44 (0)117 3164480, 

Image © Will Price-Lockyer, A* student from Crispin School Somerset 

Non-certificated online learning

CREDIT: © Nigel Wilson

Study at home

Learning online allows you to enjoy working with a tutor or following an on-demand tutorial in the comfort of your own home.

Places are limited in these classes and they always fill up quickly. If you are interested in a workshop that is already fully booked, please email the event organiser so they can let you know if/when it is going to be run again.

New activities will be added regularly.

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