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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. 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 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 help develop your interest in photography and image manipulation.

Entry Requirements

Enthusiasm and commitment 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 and Times

23/01/2020 - 03/04/2020

Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm

Day: Thursdays

Course Length

10 Weeks.

Course Content

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, 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 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.

Teaching Method(s)

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. The course provides space, equipment and directed.


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

Course Fees

The course will cost £275.

Reasons to choose this course

Enrol to this long-established Art School course that delivers both expert tuition and the creative spark to ignite the imagination. Prices have not increased for the 3rd year in a row.

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.

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