Belfast Exposed


28th Nov - 2nd Dec

This is Me – in partnership with TESSA

We are proud to present 'This is Me', an exhibition in partnership with TESSA (Therapeutic, Education and Support Services i...

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14th Nov - 18th Nov

Type 1 Through the Lens – with Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

This World Diabetes Day [14th November], Diabetes UK Northern Ireland will unveil a unique photography exhibition that captur...

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25th Sep - 7th Oct

Young People Behind the Lens

Over the summer, a group of young people from Start 360 explored the cityscape of Belfast. They found new ways to see the...

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21st May - 22nd May

Showing the faces of dementia with Alzheimer’s NI

Ahead of the Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2019 (ASAC19), Belfast Exposed was commissioned by Alzheimer’s NI to w...

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Level 4: Design & Develop a Photography Project



Various Tutors


Two Evening Sessions a Month (February - July)


6pm - 9pm





About The Course

This extensive course is designed for those who are striving to achieve excellence in their field and have a keen interest in pursuing a passion, career or education in photography. The course is also for those who have completed one or more of our ‘Level 3’ photography courses - which focus on specific subjects and styles of photography to allow participants to develop advanced skills, techniques and knowledge, whilst developing their own personal style in the process.

The aim of the ‘Level 4’ course is to help each photographer develop a professional-standard portfolio of work based in their chosen area of photography, and further develop their practice in the process. The course is designed for up to 6 x participants and consists of 10 x 3-hour sessions across a 6-month period (one session every fortnight). Participants on the course will work towards showcasing their artwork in a group exhibition to be on display later in the year.

A broad range of content is delivered throughout the course, providing participants with the skills and knowledge on how to research, plan and prepare a project, and how to take high-quality photographs; to guidance on funding, curating, presenting and how to effectively market your artwork. The course consists of a mixture of group sessions, peer reviews, and individual mentoring, delivered by Belfast Exposed’s team of tutors and professional photographers, and our network of artists and experts in the field. Participants will have bespoke, tailored mentoring through one-to-ones, as each participant will have different needs and goals that need addressed and catered to. We have a team with a range of expertise, which includes everything from film, digital and video, to editing, curating and marketing.

Many past participants of the ‘Level 4’ course have gone on to do undergraduate BA and postgraduate MFA degrees in fine art and photography, while others have successfully started careers in photography.

"I enjoyed the conversation and discussions and appreciate the thoughts, ideas and amazingly extensive knowledge about photography that you share with us, something always piques my interests, or challenges my ideas or thinking." - Neil Jarman (past participant).

What you will need
  • Participants must have completed a ‘Level 3’ specialist subject course before partaking in the ‘Level 4’ course. Alternatively, participants must have mid to high-level skills and knowledge in photography. Contact for more information.
What you will learn
  • Showcase your photography in a group exhibition in Belfast Exposed’s gallery, alongside the other participants of the course.
  • Advanced experience, knowledge and confidence in your chosen photographic field.
  • Constructive criticism and feedback through a mixture of group sessions, peer reviews and one-to-one sessions with specialist mentors.
  • Expert experience and guidance from our network of artists, curators, educators and professional photographers.
  • Critical thinking, writing and research to develop and inform your project.
  • Explore ways to prepare and plan a photography project.
  • Explore ways to curate and present your work to a professional standard.
  • Explore ways to print your work to a professional standard.
  • How to market and promote your work online.
  • Discussion around how to apply for funding, and pricing and licensing your work.
  • Produce a professional standard photography project.
  • Develop the ability and experience to pursue a career or education in photography.


For more information contact Conor at

For more information contact Conor at

Course Structure

We have 30 years experience delivering practical training courses enabling students to develop and grow as photographers. Our photography training structure has 4 stages, where students progress through each stage, developing their skills and understanding of photography. Participants may begin their journey at any stage.

We also offer one-day specialist Focus On workshops. Alternatively, if you would like a Bespoke training course, we can create a one-to-one training experience for you.

Stage 1 is an introduction to digital photography, designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

Stage 2 is for those who want to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography, and provides the opportunity to have your work reviewed by one of the Belfast Exposed tutors.

Stage 3 will help you develop your personal style, confidence and technique, by experimenting with a number of specialist themes and practices. We offer Stage 3 courses specialising in Street, Portrait, Landscape and Documentary photography. your work reviewed by one of the Belfast Exposed tutors.

Stage 4 is an extensive, advanced level course designed for photographers with a keen interest in moving into a career or education in photography.