Open University Online Course


Digital photography: creating and sharing better images

This 10 week online course, which has been developed with the Open University (OU), is designed to give you the ability to create and share good quality digital images, together with the necessary basic skills to tackle The Royal Photographic Society Licentiate Distinction (LRPS) in still photography.

It is suitable for the beginner and does not assume any knowledge of photographic techniques or digital photo-editing skills. It will also appeal to those who want to top up their skills.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award of the RPS Certificate in Photography.  The certificate is free to members of The Society who have completed the course and for a small fee to non-members. Members will also be entitled to attend a free Distinctions Advisory Day. The RPS are offering membership at the Student rate of £55.00 per year for those who have enrolled on this course or within 8 weeks of completing it (please use the promotional code provided by the OU and upload or post in your enrolment email from the OU as proof of student status).

"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

 * The course is available worldwide and costs £200. 

Start dates:

  • 20th October 2018 (registration closes 04/10/18 - places subject to availability)
  • 2nd March 2019 (registration closes 14/02/19 - places subject to availability)

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Images above by photographers who received top marks for their work on the RPS/OU on-line digital photography course © left to right: Alison Trimbee, Andrew Brown, Belinda Atkinson and Alistair Cowan. 

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View galleries of work by OU course graduates here: one, two, three, four.

Read about one student's journey on the OU course below.  Ilya Fisher completed the OU course in August 2015 and went on to gain her LRPS Distinction in early 2016:

Ilya's Course Blog - Week 1

RPS London member Ilya Fisher has signed up to the RPS/OU photography course. Over the next ten weeks, she'll be sharing her journey with us via a weekly blog post.

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Ilya's Course Blog - Week 2

Ilya Fisher brings us the second instalment of her OU/RPS course blog.

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Ilya's Course Blog - Week 3

The third instalment of Ilya's blog from the RPS/OU course.

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Ilya's Course Blog - Week 4

The fourth instalment of Ilya's blog from the RPS/OU course.

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Ilya's Course Blog - Week 5

Continuing Ilya's adventure through the RPS/OU course.

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Ilya's Course Blog - Week 6

Week 5 of the OU/RPS Digital Photography course, and I am still impressed!

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Ilya's Course Blog Week 7

Week 6 of the OU/RPS Digital Imaging Course

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Ilya's Course Blog - Week 8

Continuing Ilya's blog of the RPS/OU photography course.

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Ilya's Course Blog - Week 9

The latest installment from Ilya's blog about the RPS/OU course.

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Ilya’s Course Blog – The End!

The last instalment of Ilya’s blog from the RPS/OU photography course.

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Ilya's Course Blog Postscript RPS Distinction Day

Ilya’s Course Blog Postscript: RPS Distinction Day
Yes, it’s me again. I thought the Course Blog was over but something wonderful happened last month and I was asked to write one last piece, so here it is.

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