A long-standing press photography course which was axed due to a lack of interest last year is set to be revived in September with a move to a new centre.
The flagship NCTJ press photography course at Sheffield College, which was the last remaining accredited course for specialist photographers, was scrapped last year after only five people applied for it.
The course had started the careers of hundreds of photographers and was run by Paul Delmar for 30 years until 2010.
Now it is set to be restored when the college’s Norton centre closes this summer and the journalism courses are moved to a new multi-million pound base at its Hillsborough site.
Paul said he was “delighted” that the course was going to be run again and said he hoped the Hillsborough campus would become a new home for it.
He said: “I am very happy that the course will continue but I am not happy about the lack of continuity because it doesn’t give the faith in it.”
Paul said that press photographers had been through a “traumatic time”, with many of them culled by newspaper companies who did not realise that they could write stories as well.
The new Hillsborough building, which will be called the Centre for Creative Industries, will include a fully equipped newsroom with Mac computers, broadcast industry standard TV studio, purpose-built radio booth, and a creative arts hub.
Sheffield college took over the Norton centre in 1992 and has run NCTJ journalism courses there since then, but its facilities are dated.
When the photography course was shelved last year, college bosses said it would be restored with the move to Hillsborough and applicants are currently in the process of being interviewed.
After the course was cancelled, concerns were raised about training for press photographers at the Journalism Skills Conference last November in Sheffield.
Head of department Matthew Neale said: “We are very excited about our move to Hillsborough and the fantastic new multi-media facilities our journalism students will benefit from.
“We have a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching journalism and our new media hub, together with high quality teaching, will prepare students for the modern newsroom.”
The NCTJ photographic course in Sheffield began in 1979 and was run uninterrupted at Norton and its predecessors Stradbroke and Richmond since then, until last September.
Journalism courses currently run by the Norton centre are the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and NCTJ Journalism Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3.
The college is also planning to deliver its own BA (Hons) in journalism, which is expected to start in September 2016.