Sewing for Beginners

This is the perfect course for students new to the sewing machine or for those wanting to learn the confidence to complete more complicated independent tasks. The course will quickly teach students the basics of the sewing machine and then allow them to select a personal sewing project to produce on the three-week course. This course is ideal for those wanting to learn more about garment or soft furnishing construction.

Digital: Creative Photography Skills

If you have completed our Basic Digital Photography Skills course, or feel you have already picked up a good working knowledge of digital cameras on your own, then this course is for you. Taught in our well-equipped photography studio and on location, this course is the perfect progression from our Basic Course and focuses on developing the ability to take good pictures while beginning to think like a photographer, you will shoot mini-assignments between classes and study the work of the great photographers. Sharing your pictures with classmates will stimulate discussion and help to build your confidence to take your photos to the next level. Students will need to own their own DSLR camera that allows them access to manual controls.

Digital: Basic Digital Photography Skills

Learn the basics of using your DSLR camera and get to understand the different modes and functions. Taught in our well-equipped photography studio and on location, our Basic Digital Skills course will put you in control of your camera and open up new horizons for you. The course will cover the basics of photography in terms of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, as well as lenses and white balance. The aim is to get you familiar with your camera’s functions, while photographing different situations and subjects. The course tutor will set you a task to complete between sessions, so as to practice the learnt skills. At the end of the course you will be able to take photographs without relying on the ‘auto’ mode!
Students will need to bring their own DSLR camera allowing access to manual controls.

Higher National Certificate in Photography (Part time 2 year)

Higher National Certificate (HNC) Photography provides a broad introduction into a wide range of photographic practices. It is a level 4 course which is equivalent to the first year of a degree course. The course offers an overview into professional practice, editorial and commercial photography. HNC can be used as a stepping stone to place you in a very strong position to continue to study at a higher level such as HND or degree level or even a Masters at a later date.

It is a part time course which will run for two years. Over the two years you will build on your knowledge by studying a number of different course units. Some units are more theoretically based which contextualise different photographic approaches against a background of historical and political relevance. Other units explore more practical aspects of photography such as studio lighting, digital postproduction and analogue photography. The broad variety of units will allow you to discover the area of photography you are particularly passionate about and the HNC team will offer the support and career guidance to enable you to pursue that passion professionally.

Advanced Studio Workshop

This course will allow you to explore advanced lighting techniques in our well-equipped photographic studio. During the course you will be able to further develop your lighting skills using high-key, low-key and mixed lighting, as well as multiple flash. Our industry standard studio will provide you with the opportunity to use up-to-date equipment and produce high quality photographs.

By discovering the work of renowned studio photographers, you will experiment with lighting techniques, so as to recreate the lighting effects of your chosen photographers. The course is based around practical demonstrations that include extensive hands on practice. At the end of the course, you will go home with a great portfolio of portraits and still life images.

In order to join the course you should have already completed a studio lighting course and to have a good understanding of studio lighting techniques.

Introduction to Photoshop

On this Adobe Photoshop course you will learn how to use key tools and a number of techniques to enhance and further manipulate your images. You will understand the basic features of the program, which will enable you to edit your photographs in a non-destructive way. This three day intensive and practical course will provide you with the skills to retouch photographic images and create digital composites. The course will cover:
• Introduction to the Toolbar
• Introduction to the Palettes
• Working with Layers
• Working with Adjustment Layers
• Working with Selections and Masks
• Simple retouching techniques
• Scaling and image size
• Non-destructive editing

Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-use photo management and editing software that enables photographers to quickly import, manage and process their digital images. In our Introduction to Lightroom course you will get an in-depth understanding of Lightroom’s non-destructive editing. During the course you will learn how to effectively manage and fully optimize the look of your images. This intensive and practical based course will provide you with the skills to get methodical, organized and productive with your digital photography. The course will cover:
• Import, name, copyright and keyword images
• Create multiple ‘collections’ of images
• Process and develop RAW and JPEG files for optimal results
• Create ‘virtual copies’ of files with different edits
• Output your files in the appropriate size for print and web
At the end of this course you might want to join our Introduction to Photoshop course in order to develop your post-production skills

Higher National Diploma in Fine Art Level 5 (Part Time 2 Year)

The Higher National Diploma Fine Art, Level 5, part time course runs one day per week over two years and is the 2nd year continuation of the Higher National Certificate, Level 4. This course is equivalent to the 2nd year of an art school degree.
• The HND specialises in Fine Art and works to develop each student’s individual practice. Students can pursue their ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, video and printmaking. Students often access to enrichment classes and other courses within the college e.g. photography, ceramics and life drawing.
• Tutors are practising artists and include: Greg Rook, Erika Winstone, Jane Eyton, Matthew Kolakowski and others. Specialist tutors within the college also contribute to the course.
• Underpinning the course are units in Contextual Studies (contemporary art context) and Professional Practice.
• Emphasis throughout is on acquiring and developing creative and technical skills through research and studio projects.
• There is an opportunity to show work in four exhibitions during the course.
• Good sized on site storage space, flexible, bookable work spaces and lots of tutor contact.
• All students have a personal tutor who will offer advice, guidance and feedback and steer you through the processes of applying to HE or progressing further.
• The course consists of 6 units.

Higher National Certificate in Fine Art Level 5 (Part Time 2 Year)

The Higher National Diploma Fine Art, Level 5, part time course runs one day per week over two years and is the 2nd year continuation of the Higher National Certificate, Level 4. This course is equivalent to the 2nd year of an art school degree.
• The HND specialises in Fine Art and works to develop each student’s individual practice. Students can pursue their ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, video and printmaking. Students often access to enrichment classes and other courses within the college e.g. photography, ceramics and life drawing.
• Tutors are practising artists and include: Greg Rook, Erika Winstone, Jane Eyton, Matthew Kolakowski and others. Specialist tutors within the college also contribute to the course.
• Underpinning the course are units in Contextual Studies (contemporary art context) and Professional Practice.
• Emphasis throughout is on acquiring and developing creative and technical skills through research and studio projects.
• There is an opportunity to show work in four exhibitions during the course.
• Good sized on site storage space, flexible, bookable work spaces and lots of tutor contact.
• All students have a personal tutor who will offer advice, guidance and feedback and steer you through the processes of applying to HE or progressing further.
• The course consists of 6 units.

Pattern Cutting: Award Level 1

This structured programme is for students with basic sewing skills to learn and develop some pattern cutting techniques.