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Art School: Digital Photography

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
16 September 2024
Additional Start Date
13 January 2025
Study Mode
10 Weeks
Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, enthusiasm and commitment is essential.

This course caters for all abilities and will enable students to learn how to pursue their interest in photography and image manipulation. The course will provide additional knowledge and skills, enabling students to create their own folio of work, and hopefully increase their enjoyment in photography.

The photography course is a great way to improve your understanding of photographic concepts and photographic equipment. Image editing software is covered at a basic level; introducing tools and techniques up to intermediate level.

Both camera and software activities involve practical assignments (during class time and your own study time) utilising guided tutorials. The course will allow you to pursue your interest in photography and image manipulation (students should note this is not a 'wet photography' course).

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, enthusiasm and commitment is essential.

Course units

The course explains digital cameras in general, looking at the many modes and functions that are available to the end user. The course covers critical settings that keen photographers should be aware of to enable the possibilities of obtaining better pictures. In addition, basic photographic concepts are explained and explored using practical tasks, presentations and handouts to help students take better creative pictures.

The ‘Photoshop’ (image-editing) tutorials cover basic tools and techniques, then move on to more advanced techniques such as layers, layer masks, adjustment layers, smart layers, blending modes, retouching skills and techniques, and the use of ‘RAW’ images etc. During the course, the tutor gives many hints and tips on how to get the best out of image editing.

Learning is in a friendly and professional environment with all appropriate health and safety provision. The tutor will guide students and help them develop new skills and abilities.

Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to experiment and use the available facilities of the College to produce their own individual work. Advanced techniques will be catered for, for those who already have the basic skills in photography and image manipulation. Students who have skills in other areas will be encouraged to utilise these and build a folio of work.


There will be no test/examination associated with this course and students will be able to work at their own pace.

Course fees


Course progression

Completion of this course will enable students to progress on to various other Art & Design courses available at York College.

Dates & course durations

16th September 2024 - 25th November 2024, Monday evening.

13th January 2025 - 24th March 2025, Monday evening.

Study methods

There will be a range of work in class and in specialist workshops, delivered by our expert tutors.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Additional costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

Career progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in digital photography to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests, or pursue further simply for pleasure.

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