Open University launches digital camera course

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Plenty of digital cameras were sold this Christmas, featuring an ever-growing array of advanced functions that could bring on a cold sweat for all but the serious pro. And that’s before you get to use the software. With this in mind, the Open University has launched a course covering the camera, image manipulation with Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and photo sharing under the name Digital Photography: Creating and Sharing Better Images.

Commenting on the new course, Stephen Peake, course chair said: “2006 saw social networking sites come to the fore and, with this, an increasing desire for peer-to-peer review, more and more people want to create and share and have their work appraised by others; this is clearly demonstrated in the rise of blogging and the incredible popularity of sites such as Flickr. This innovative new course will not only ensure people get the absolute best from their digital cameras and their own creative minds, but will also enable them to experiment with online photo album technology whilst introducing them to a community of literally millions of like-minded individuals all over the world.”

The course is taught entirely online and is assessed with two assignments – an electronic computer-marked assignment (eCMA) which is completed online a few weeks into the course and one end-of-course assessment (ECA) which must be submitted electronically.

The first Digital Photography: Creating and Sharing Better Images course starts in May 2007 and the deadline for registration is 17 April 2007. The course fee for UK students will be £155.

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Dave Walker