In support of the recent revival of interest in darkroom and film photography, South West College (SWC) is now offering the unique opportunity to study a 12-week accredited OCN NI Creative Arts and Digital Technologies qualification at the Omagh Campus. The self-discovery course is now enrolling for September 2022 and January 2023 start and is suitable for those with some experience or looking to learn or develop additional skills in the niche area of darkroom techniques and film photography.

The creative and digital technologies sectors are recognised as growth areas within the economy. This new-age Creative Arts and Digital Technologies qualification has been designed to meet emerging skills requirements, enabling learners to embrace their creativity while learning industry-standard processes.

The pioneering part-time course is specifically designed around film photography and darkroom techniques; learners will look at the different types of film available, from 35mm, to 120mm, infrared, black and white and colour processing, as well as developing negatives and producing contact sheets. Learners will also gain experience in how to flash expose paper and produce your own prints from your chosen negatives through engaging presentations and projects.

The exciting new course will be taught by Dermot Harper, an inspiring photographer who is an expert in his field, having taught at some of the most respected Colleges across the UK. Having always had a passion for darkroom and film photography, he rediscovered it during lockdown and put his skills to use.

“Within a few days, I was printing my own photographs directly from those negatives. The whole process, from start to finish, was a joy; no more looking at the photo as soon as it was taken and thinking I will delete that; I was carefully composing shots again rather than firing them off.”

Dermot Harper

Dermot now hopes to share his expert knowledge via the course to help learners expand their skill set and develop the creative skills and techniques needed to progress within the creative sector.

If you are interested, you don’t have to have expert photographic experience; all you need is enthusiasm and an eye for detail. The course will be delivered nightly over 12 weeks at the Omagh Campus, and all equipment and chemicals will be provided, although it is helpful if you have your own film camera.

So, if you would like to try your hand at film photography for the first time or are someone who would like to get back into the process, then dust off your camera and apply today.

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