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The Photography course is a great way to improve your understanding of photographic concepts, equipment and software through creative projects. The course will cater for all abilities and will be project-led, enabling you to learn how to pursue your interest in photography and image manipulation (students should note this is not a 'wet photography' course).

Entry Requirements

Enthusiasm and commitment is essential. Anyone can enrol; the course is open to people with previous experience and qualifications in other art media.

Dates and Times

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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.

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.

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.

Exams and Assessments

There will be no test/examination associated with this course. However, learners will be required to keep a workbook to record their progress during the course. An electronic evidence template is provided (MS PowerPoint or MS Word); all you have to do is take photos and add them to the file, with some additional written work.


There is no formal qualification and students will be able to work at their own pace. The course provides space, equipment and directed learning with critical feedback, along with professional development advice.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to bring my own Equipment?

Using your own photographic equipment (camera, lenses and tripods) is advisable. However, digital SLR cameras can be provided for the duration of each class, for those who do not have a camera, or find that their own camera is basic. A small number of tripods can also be provided.

York College has a small photographic studio facility, equipped with various forms of lighting including electronic studio flash. Learners will be encouraged to make use of the facility if they wish to use it to assist in the creation of their folio of work. Instruction in the use of lighting equipment will be given by the tutor in a number of classes during the course.

Computers and Software?

Students will have access to a suite of ‘Apple Macintosh’ computers with industry leading software. Learners can also use their own laptop computers and ‘Adobe’ image editing software if they wish. The tutor is familiar with most operating systems, and many versions of Adobe image-editing software.

To achieve a good outcome in relation to image editing, it is advisable that learners either obtain ‘Adobe Photoshop’ (PS) or ‘Adobe Photoshop Elements’ (PSE) if they do not at present have image-editing software.

‘Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’ is NOT covered in the class. It is a good cataloguing and basic adjustment software, with pre-built adjustment options built in. However, it does not have the image editing capabilities of ‘PS’ and ‘PSE’.

Do I have to pay for materials?

‘A3’ colour laser printing facilities are available in college; you will be able to access these from any networked computer. You will put credit on your ID card at the start of the course, which you can top up as and when required.

Course Fees


Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.

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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