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Open University Online Courses

Supported by the RPS


OU course code: TG089 
Price: Available worldwide for £200 
Duration: 10 weeks, 10 hours per week 
Delivery: Online 
Who is it for?: Beginners 
Next start date: 16th October 2021, registration open now 

This short course is ideal for those who are just starting out in photography. Delivered on the OU’s online learning platform, the course will develop your technical and visual skills as you learn the principles of digital photography and image editing. The course will also provide a foundation for those intending to undertake the RPS Licentiate Distinction (LRPS) qualification. 

"I have just passed the TG089 Digital Photography Course and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.  Thank you for allowing students, including students like myself from overseas, to study photography and become part of a great community of fellow photographers via the Royal Photographic Society."  S.K., The Netherlands 
Find out more here 


OU course code: TZFM201 
Price: Available worldwide for £450
Duration: 10 weeks, 10 hours per week 
Credits: 10 credits at undergraduate level 
Delivery: Online, via FutureLearn 
Who is it for?: Competent photographers with prior learning on the basics 
Next start date: 12 July / 25th October 2021, registration open now 

This microcredential is aimed at competent photographers who have mastered the technical basics of photography and now wish to develop their creativity, knowledge and skills. It is not suitable for beginners, but it is an ideal next step for those who have completed Digital photography: creating and sharing better images (TG089). 

Delivered on the OU’s social learning partner platform, FutureLearn, the course will give you a broad overview of a number of photographic genres and the knowledge, skills, and techniques to create better photographic narratives. You will learn how to work to a brief and how to prepare and take images to create a body of work within these subjects that tell a visually cohesive story.  At the end of the course you’ll receive detailed, personal feedback on your assessment from academic and subject matter experts. 

For more information and enrolment click here 

This course replaces Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio (OU course code: TZFM200.) It is a completely new course, however, the assessment is similar in shape and level. If you have any questions please contact us prior to enrolling at 


RPS offers the following benefits to learners 
By enrolling on this course you can join the Royal Photographic Society at the student rate for one year. Please contact the Membership Dept for more infomation If you are an existing RPS Member, you may be entitled to a partial refund. 

Distinctions Benefits: OU students are eligible for a one-to-one portfolio review at the reduced price of £10. Open to members and non-members. Find out more here 
Any student who has completed the OU course prior to 6th March 2021, is entitled to a free Advisory day, once the government covid restrictions have been lifted. To book please contact 

RPS Certificate 
Successful students can request a additional RPS Certificate in Photography.  Cost: Non-members: £12/Members: