Core Courses

There are three VII Academy core courses that together form the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice and are all offered tuition-free to accepted students:

  • Beginner Level 1
  • Intermediate Level 2
  • Advanced Level 3 (planned for summer 2023)

Participants first undertake the Level 1 course in photography before progressing to Level 2 and Level 3.

The Level 1 core course is divided into two modules, each taught through live online sessions over 6 weeks. The syllabus is built around multiple mini-assignments to be done by students from one week to the next. 

Over the past three years we have operated Level 1 courses for people from South and Southeast Asia, the Pacific region, Central and Eastern Europe, the Former Yugoslavia and Albania, both English-speaking and French-speaking Africa, Native Arabic speakers, and South and Central America.

Please visit our main courses page to see what is open for application, if there are bursary or scholarship opportunities currently available, which courses are now running, as well as past courses.