York College

Who is this course aimed at?

No previous experience is required; the course caters for all abilities and will enable students to learn how to pursue their interest in photography and image manipulation. While the course will provide additional knowledge relating to digital photography, it will concentrate on the use of the market leading image editing software ‘Photoshop’. The knowledge and skills gained on this course can also be applied to other similar software programmes; allowing the learner to get more control and enjoyment out of their own photography/image making.


The ‘Digital Photoshop’ course is a great way to improve your understanding and get to grips with the use of image editing software. The course uses ‘Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Bridge’ using tutorials produced by the tutor, alternatively you may be asked to carry out a photographic task to produce specific images which will then be used in class the following week. All tutorials have a detailed illustrated document (.pdf).  Initially the course will cover basic skills and techniques but will progress on to more advanced functions/tools/techniques. The course will allow you to develop your interest in photography and image manipulation.

Entry Requirements

Enthusiasm and commitment along with regular attendance is essential. Anyone can enrol; the course is open to people with previous experience and qualifications in other Art, Photography or Creative Media courses.

Dates & Times

Jan start: 19th January 2021 - 13th April 2021, Tuesday evening.


Course Length

10 weeks.

Course Content

The ‘Photoshop’ tutorials cover basic tools and techniques, destructive and non-destructive editing,  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 will give advice on how to get the best out of your photographic equipment and image editing software. You may be asked to produce/bring your own images for specific tasks/tutorials; advice and guidance will be given beforehand if you are unfamiliar with certain camera functions.

Learning is in a friendly and professional environment with all appropriate health and safety provision. The tutor, Paul Batty, is a professional photographer who has worked in advertising, commercial, PR and Social/Wedding photography. Paul 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 along with their own equipment/software at home to produce individual work. Advanced techniques can be catered for, for those who already have the basic knowledge & skills in image manipulation. Students who have skills in other areas will be encouraged to utilise these to build a folio of work.

Teaching Methods

Tuition will be given in specialist workshops.

Exams and Assessments

There will be no test/examination associated with this course.


There is no formal qualification and students will be able to work at their own pace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Using your own camera for class practical is advised. Having image editing software at home is also advised allowing  you to continue your learning at times other than the scheduled classes.


To other Art School courses; or to further education and higher education courses in Art, Design and Craft.



Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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