The RPS offers qualifications, Distinctions and certificated courses to cater for every level of photographic experience. There are also opportunities with the OU and Falmouth University. They are an excellent way of setting yourself educational challenges and projects to help further your skills and focus your work.
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.
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.
Our highest level of Distinction. Requires a distinctive, distinguished and cohesive body of work/project accompanied by a written Statement of Intent.
Film, Digital and Multimedia Distinction
These Distinctions recognize achievement in film 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.
Screenshot: © Max Robinson FRPS, Night Train to Kazan
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.
You could be awarded a Royal Photographic Society Distinction without having to submit a portfolio!
If you've completed any of the qualifying courses specified in the last five years you could apply for a Distinction via the Exemptions route.
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Documentary Photography and Print Degree BA (Hons)
Documentary Photography and Print BA (hons) programme offering a blend of traditional documentary storytelling with the most exciting innovations in contemporary photography, print design and production.
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.
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.
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.
Funding for Falmouth Online Courses
By being a member of the society you have unique access to a bursary for one of Falmouth University's Flexible, online photography courses.
Falmouth Flexible’s MA Photography and BA(Hons) Top-Up Photography are designed to accommodate a broad range of practitioners, from those who use photography to question the world around them to those whose practice interrogates the medium itself.
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.
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.
For further information please contact: Liz Williams, Education Manager, +44 (0)117 3164480, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image © Will Price-Lockyer, A* student from Crispin School Somerset