OU Course update


flossie

Link Posted 28/08/2010 - 12:07
As mentioned ages ago, I signed-up for the OU T189 course on Digital Photography. This takes 10 weeks and is done entirely online and without direct tutoring, but its an introductory course and is my first efforts at higher education since getting my Master's degree in drinking in '94... maybe I'll put more effort in second time round...

Anyway, its not started yet and I'll report back at the end on how I found it, but so far the financial numbers are quite good! :

Course cost 47.50 (in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers, 190 otherwise).

A copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements V.8 just arrived in the post today as a freebie from the course - that's 55->77 worth in its own right, so already quids-in.

I also bought Lightroom 3 at Student Price - 66 down from 232. Scanned-in my acceptance letter from the OU, submitted it with the order, and it was approved within 2 hours. So I can now get at my archive of 4,000 photos again, phew! Limited to one computer instead of two, but I've put Lightroom on the big one and PSE on the laptop.

So all this, for less than the price of a copy of Lightroom, AND I get an introductory course on photography and 1/36th of a degree as well!

I just hope I get enough spare time to actually complete the course, Oct/Nov/Dec are somewhat on the busy side for work... still, its only 4 hours a week...
Still shooting in the dark (literally and metaphorically)...
Last Edited by flossie on 28/08/2010 - 12:08

geclinke

Link Posted 28/08/2010 - 12:42
Good luck on the course. I did it last October, and found it really useful. I only got Elements v.6 as a freebie though...
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Technoblurb

Link Posted 28/08/2010 - 16:54
Best of luck flossie, I will be most interested in your progress. I have been hunting around for something myself but failed as all the local collages only do total beginners courses or full time degrees. I did look at the OCA course as a possibility.

Haworth

Link Posted 28/08/2010 - 19:59
Hi Flossie - good luck with the course, it looks like you are getting good value for money there.


Technoblurb - have you tried taking a look at the Open College of Arts? They do a modular course that you can build up to a degree.


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I understand John Freeman who has written some excellent photography books wrote the course.

I'm seriously considering doing the last two units to top up my HND to a BA, if I can get their APL approval (Accreditation of Prior Learning) for the first 4 units.


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Last Edited by Haworth on 28/08/2010 - 20:04

Haworth

Link Posted 28/08/2010 - 20:35
Sorry Technoblurb - just re-read your post and saw you've already looked at it.........
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Technoblurb

Link Posted 28/08/2010 - 21:50
Haworth wrote:
Sorry Technoblurb - just re-read your post and saw you've already looked at it.........

No problem, I only discounted this course because I wanted something more hands on with a bit of shared experience.

sandy

Link Posted 30/08/2010 - 20:53
I did the course a couple of years ago. It was interesting however no actual tutor input it is mostly like a forum you comment on others photos and they comment on yours.

Sandy

bforbes

Link Posted 30/08/2010 - 21:03
sandy wrote:
I did the course a couple of years ago. It was interesting however no actual tutor input it is mostly like a forum you comment on others photos and they comment on yours.

Sandy

Can you tell me how much is about using the camera and how much about using the Elements software?
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sandy

Link Posted 31/08/2010 - 21:40
It is a job to remember because the course was on line so no course books etc. I think it was about 50/50 but they did not support a Mac it was just PC's.

Sandy

redbusa99

Link Posted 31/08/2010 - 22:17
i had a look at the blurb for this course and came to the conclusion it is the same as doing the basic and intermediate courses at the local college in what it covers. this course 4hrs per wk, college courses 2hrs each per wk. the plus with the college is that you have a tutor and mixing with a variety of students .the cost is also on a par 99 full per course or 25 per course concession if you qualify. i have done the basic and start the intermediate on 23rd,on this course we are out on 4 field trips which would be difficult to do with ou course. the courses also last 10 weeks
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Last Edited by redbusa99 on 31/08/2010 - 22:19

flossie

Link Posted 01/09/2010 - 08:31
sadly college courses aren't an option for me, as my work makes any kind of regular meeting impossible
Still shooting in the dark (literally and metaphorically)...

ISO

Link Posted 01/09/2010 - 10:39
Hi Flossie,
Just looked at the link. Very interseting but in the small print it says::
The course is designed to be studied over a ten-week period, with approximately ten hours of study each week.????

Technoblurb

Link Posted 01/09/2010 - 11:30

intheframe

Link Posted 08/09/2010 - 07:42
Slightly away from the topic, but can PSE and Lightroom share the same index/database of photos?

MrCynical

Link Posted 08/09/2010 - 13:06
intheframe wrote:
Slightly away from the topic, but can PSE and Lightroom share the same index/database of photos?

90% sure they don't, but as I don't own a current version of Elements I could be wrong.
Last Edited by MrCynical on 08/09/2010 - 13:06
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