Training Programme

Our work at The Photography Foundation centres around our training programme, where twice a year we open our doors and invite all eligible young adults in London to apply for a training placement spot. Applications are now open for our Autumn 2021 programme - click on the button below to complete the application form. Want to find out more about us before you apply? Book on to one of our TPF Talk events to meet the team and some previous trainees!

Listen to a short recording on the details of the training programme

What we offer

Our six-month training programme aims to create a supportive and inspiring environment, where you can master the basics of professional photography, develop a portfolio tailored to your career goals and grow your independent voice, while gaining as much practical experience as you can.

Over the first three months, you’ll be joining us one day a week to scrub up on the basics, learn about studio & natural lighting, image editing, portfolio building and self-promotion. Over the next three months you'll focus on your professional development by working on your portfolio, or self-elected work experience, as well attending workshops on mentoring, selling your skills and how to be a freelancer before working towards your final group exhibition.

Who can apply

To apply for the traineeship, you must be:
- Aged 18-25 when the programme starts
- Based in London throughout the programme
- From an underrepresented or less advantaged group
- Have a demonstrable interest in developing a career in photography, or a
related creative profession
- A non-graduate
- From a household where the collective income is less that £25,000 per year.

What we're looking for 

In order to thrive on our programme, you will already have some practical experience of producing photography or similar media, and you’ll come with an idea of what you want to achieve to elevate your experience and career, whilst being open to growing and changing along the way.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to apply as the programme is intended to nurture your potential rather than expect you to have it all before you arrive. You will work well both independently and collaboratively to achieve goals, as well as manage your own time to achieve self–led outcomes. You will be motivated to succeed and make the most of the learning and opportunities on offer to you.

The benefits  

- Access to a co-working space in the heart of Shoreditch
- Camera kit for the length of the programme
- Access to a bookable fully kitted out studio
- Training in technical photography skills
- Professional mentoring
- Portfolio reviews
- Employability workshops and networking
- Support and resources to develop a personalised professional portfolio
- Opportunities to gain self-led work experience linked to your future goals.

" The Photography Foundation is an innovative and contemporary gateway to the creative industry for less privileged, under-represented, inner-city youth "

- Luke Hodson, Founder of Nerds Collective

Meet Our 2021 Trainees

A big welcome to the class of 2021! Our second cohort of trainees joined The Photography Foundation in April, and will be spending the next 6 months learning all about professional photography and how to kickstart their careers in the creative industry.

Class of 2020

Say hello to the class of 2020. Our first group of photography trainees graduated from TPF in December, and we couldn't be prouder of everything they achieved during their time with us.

Outreach & Community

We also offer outreach workshops, talks and events aimed at promoting the art of photography and creative careers to young people in London from less advantaged backgrounds

Find out more