Stills School (Stills: Centre for Photography)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • People aged between 16 to 25 year olds and who face barriers to accessing the arts

Who provides this?

  • Stills: Centre for Photography


Stills School is an alternative photography school delivered in two distinct stages, people can develop photography skills at a pace and level that suits everyone.

Stills School has various start dates throughout the year. Classes are small with a maximum of 8 people per course.

Stage 1 – Contact
Contact is an introductory photography course that will teach you basic photography skills as well as encourage you to develop your own projects. Whether you prefer darkrooms, digital or moving image we’ll make sure you feel confident using your new skills.

During Contact you will have the option to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Camera handling skills (digital and analogue)
  • Film-processing and darkroom printing
  • Experimental processes
  • Digital post-production with Photoshop
  • In a small group, you will learn about different photographers and be supported to find your own style.

    All materials and equipment are provided.

Stage 2 – Stills Academy
Stills Academy provides the opportunity to develop your photographic practice with Stills’ support. Over a 12 week period, you will have access to our photographic production facilities to experiment and produce a new body of work that will be exhibited in Stills.

The Academy will provide support in the following ways:

Artists / Exhibitions / Workshops
Learn about different photographers and their practice, visit exhibitions and develop your style in experimental workshops aimed at inspiring your practice and giving you space to develop new ideas.

Project Development
Develop a new body of work with support from Stills’ tutors. There will be the opportunity to exhibit your work in a group display on completion of the Academy.

Project Feedback
Learn how to give and receive constructive criticism of your photographic work. An essential skill for developing projects and supporting peers.

Visiting Artist
Meet a variety of artists who use photography in their practice. Find out how they got into photography and what they do with it now

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties
  • Online application form

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Public parking available

Opening times

Various times throughout the year.

Contact Details

23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

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Learning, employability, volunteering
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