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 for our Autumn 2021 programme have now closed, but applications for our 2022 programme will open early next year so watch this space! Sign up to our newsletter on the Contact page to stay in the loop.

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

What we offer

Our six-month commercial photography training programme aims to create a supportive and inspiring environment where you can take your professional photography skills to the next level, develop a commercially-focused 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 join us one day a week to scrub up on the basics, elevate your skills, and further your understanding of 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, self-elected work experience, and a commercial brief. You'll be paired with a professional mentor and the workshops will be tailored to selling your skills and developing a freelance career, before working towards your final group exhibition.

Who can apply

To apply for the training programme 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 commercial photography, or a related profession e.g. event photography, fashion photography, content production, studio assisting, interiors photography etc.
- Be available to commit to one day a week (Tuesdays) for on-site workshops, and be available to work on projects & deadlines in your own time.

What we're looking for 

In order to thrive on the 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 'Autumn' Trainees

A big welcome to the Autumn class of 2021! Our third cohort of trainees joined The Photography Foundation in September, 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 2021 'Spring' Trainees

We are so proud of our Spring class of 2021 having now graduated and completed their TPF training programme in October 2021, who are now going onto amazing opportunities in the 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

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