Full time University & Postgraduate Courses


There are only two full time courses that offer optional modules involving picture research.
Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Publishing:


The Oxford Centre for Publishing Studies
The Richard Hamilton Building
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel: 01865484951
Fax: 01865 484952
Email: ptrichardson@brookes.ac.uk
Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Publishing & Book Production:
University of Plymouth
Faculty of Arts and Education
Earl Richards Road North
Exeter EX2 6AS
Tel: 01392475009
publishing courses


Part-time and Short Courses

London College of Communication
Picture Researching - 1 day course

This course is really an introduction to the subject; though it is very good, obviously you cannot learn all there is to know in one day.
If you are interested in a career in picture research, or if you are involved in stills or media, and need pictorial reference from library or agency sources. Relevant to those who are required to source images who are unsure of copyright and legality of use.
* importance of the visual image
* authenticity and picture sources
* captions
* terms and conditions
* reproduction fees for picture use
* new digital technology and its implication
* use of CD-ROM and photo CDs
* administration and recordkeeping, copyright law

Taught by PRA member Sally Cole


The Publishing Training Centre


Picture Research


If you are responsible for sourcing artwork and photographs, this course will prove invaluable. The course will give you a comprehensive guide to sourcing and using pictures in all areas of publishing. It includes project work and discussion sessions, and will provide you with the essential skills to find pictures, process them and keep costs under control. Your tutor will give you expert advice that you will be able to put into action straight away.


At the end of this course you should be able to:

·         find and select pictures

·         monitor the progress of pictures within a project

·         describe the boundaries of photographic and art copyright

·         develop a system for storing and recording pictures

·         use online searching techniques.


This course is taught by PRA member Sally Cole.





The LSP Picture Research course is recognised as being the UK's leading training course in this subject.



The course is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in picture research and picture editing, those in the early stages of their career or those who require refresher training to keep up-to-date with any changes affecting the industry.



The project-based course is highly enjoyable and stimulating, with an emphasis on the practical issues relevant to the industry. The course keeps abreast of new developments, with special attention paid to the impact of digital technology and the role of the Internet.

Approved by the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies [BAPLA] , The Design and Artists Copyright Society [DACS] and the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning [ITOL].

The course is taught by PRA Member Octavia Lamb