Course Overview

with Oliver Cameron Swan

Immerse yourself in creativity and broaden your artistic and technical processes on one of our new Summer Courses. Be taught by experienced arts practitioners in a real art school environment, meet like-minded people and delight in Hereford and its rural surroundings.


Your course

This aim of this course is to introduce you to the basic functions of the digital SLR camera. You will gain the confidence and ability to move away from using the camera’s automatic functions and on to manual settings. The course involves studio and outdoor sessions, basic flash techniques and image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CC. A Tuesday visit to the National Trust’s Berrington Hall will provide you with inspiration to inform and develop your work during the course. An opportunity to further develop your knowledge will be provided by the course’s guest practitioner. With plenty of time to create your own work, supported and informed by your course tutor the week will allow you to broaden your artistic and technical processes, finishing with individual tutor feedback.

As well as developing your creative practice, the course allows you to meet and socialise with like-minded people over lunch and coffee. An optional supper is offered on the Wednesday evening to encourage further conversation. For those visiting the area, our information provided on arrival will help you enjoy your evenings in Herefordshire.

About Oli

Oli graduated from Suffolk college of Art & Design in 1996 with a degree in Fine Art & Illustration, before taking a sideways step into photography. Oli started his career as an event photographer on cruise ships, sailing around the world. Since returning to Herefordshire Oli has worked as a freelance photographer, specialising in portrait and wedding photography.

For more on Oli and his work visit his website.


  • Taught by an experienced arts practitioner
  • Experience a real Art School environment
  • Local external visits may be offered as appropirate to the course. 
  • Course specific guest speaker or practitioner
  • Access to the College’s arts library
  • Individual tutor feedback
  • Small class size - limited to 10 per course
  • Lunch, tea and coffee provided
  • Parking is available on both our campuses
  • Hereford train station is within a 15 minute walk of both campuses
  • Non Residential and Residential option (we do not provide accommodation, but can provide a suggested list of local Hotels & Bed & Breakfast or please visit Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire for further options)
  • Information provided to help you enjoy your evenings in Herefordshire from the theatre to local restaurants, points of interest and short walks Herefordshire


A hidden hotspot for creativity and culture, Herefordshire boasts something for everyone. Steeped in tradition, its rural setting provides a breath-taking back drop to discover and explore.

At its heart lies the cathedral City of Hereford, home to the Mappa-Mundi, chained library and Courtyard theatre. Rich with independent shops and eateries nestled alongside high street names.  Further afield you will find Herefordshire’s market towns, such as Hay on Wye, famous for its Literary Festival and Bromyard, home to the boutique, independent arts and music festival Nozstock.

With a river and its close proximity to the Brecon Beacons and Malvern hills, the county provides a perfect base for those keen on walking, cycling or messing about on the water.  Famous for cider, there are many orchards, pubs and artisan cider makers.

Herefordshire has no boundaries, when it comes to age. You can spend your days relaxing by the river, taking in a gallery, tucking into an award winning burger with The Beefy Boys or riding your board at Herefords Skate Park.


Students are required to bring their own Digital SLR Camera