Darkroom Photography: Mastering the Basics

When: Semester One.  Course starts Wednesday 20th September 2023, 6.30pm - 9.00pm.

Course Registration Opens: 1st August 2023

Course Fee: €300

Tutor: Colette Lewis

What is the course about?

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the art and techniques of traditional black and white film photography and to the darkroom techniques involved in film processing and making photographic prints. It is suitable for both beginners and for those with experience of using an analogue camera and darkroom equipment. The course is grounded in practical instruction to enable the student to make informed artistic choices when creating photographic images. Students are introduced to the single-lens reflex (SLR) analogue camera and lenses and explore how the camera operates.

Students are expected to develop effective and appropriate work practices through practical experience in the darkroom. The course also explores the principles of photography within its contemporary and historical contexts. Students will be expected to give time to taking photographs outside of class hours for group analysis and discussion within class time.

Please note: There will be a local field trip during the early stage of the course for approximately the duration of a class, two and a half hours. Details will be confirmed during the first week of the course.

Tutor Profile

Lecturer Colette Lewis is a visual artist and educator working in lens-based digital media and social art practices. She has taught lens-based media for over ten years in various institutions in Ireland. She received an MA in Visual Art Practices from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. Her work has been exhibited and screened in Ireland, UK and France including the Short Irish Film Showcase, Liverpool Irish Festival, IndieCork Film Festival, EV+A International, Limerick and TULCA, Visual Arts Festival Galway. She has received numerous funding awards for her practice from the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council. Colette has a studio at the Cork Artists Collective, is a Board of Directors member, and was a founding member of The Guesthouse.


Students have an opportunity to submit their work for assessment should they wish to gain the CIT Single Module Certification.

This course is accredited 5 credits on the National Framework of Qualifications, where 60 credits equate to the workload of a full-time academic year on a degree programme. It may be possible, therefore, to use these credits as part of one of our full-time programmes in the Department of Fine Art and Applied Art. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact crawford.enquiries@mtu.ie.


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