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Refine your creative and technical skills in photography, Adobe Creative Suite and painting. Benefit from expert tutors with a wealth of academic and professional know-how.

Intermediate Adobe Creative Suite

Develop your design skills using Adobe Creative Suite industry-standard software, focusing on InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. You will explore: in-depth design techniques such as layer effects, masks, complex retouching and special effects in Photoshop; detailed page layout for multi-page documents in InDesign; and advanced drawing, tracing and creative tools in Illustrator. You will fill in your knowledge gaps and advance your technical skills to the next level. The sessions are practical with plenty of real-world design examples and challenges to work through.

You will benefit from course tutor Tim Adams (BA Hons FHEA) who is a Graphic Design Technician with over fifteen years’ experience both within the design industry and Higher Education.

 

Date/time10 weeks, Wednesdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
​Spring term 2018​2 May - 4 July 2018, Francis Close Hall Campus CE103
Cost

£195 (10% discount for university staff, students and alumni)
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See full details and book (for university staff, students and alumni)

 

Introduction to Digital Photography - Kieran Hunt

If you’re a beginner in photography, this course is ideal for you to develop your skills, understanding and confidence with using your digital camera (compact or SLR) to take great photographs and edit them afterwards. You will explore still-life, landscape and portrait photography, visual devices, as well as image manipulation and editing software. With a focus on your own camera, you will develop an understanding of different shooting modes and features as well as technical terms like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. There is no set specification of digital camera required to complete the course.


You will benefit from course tutor and professional photographer, Kieran Hunt (MA BA Hons PGCHE FHEA). His work has been showcased in the UK and overseas and he has been a nominee in the national ‘Nikon Discovery Awards’ where his work was exhibited at the Olympia Gallery in London. As well as working within editorial, advertising and fine art photography he additionally teaches photography to international students studying at the universities partnership ‘INTO’ teaching centre. 

Date/time10 weeks, Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Autumn term19 September 21 November 2017, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus
Winter term

16 January 20 March 2018, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus 

*Please note that due to paternity circumstances, one week might be rescheduled at short notice (the rescheduled week would then take place on 27 March 2018, following the planned course end date).

Spring term1 May – 3 July 2018, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus
Cost

£195 (10% discount for university, staff and alumni)

See full details and book (for external candidates)
See full details and book (for university staff, students or alumni)

Intermediate Digital Photography - Kieran Hunt

Enhance your existing photography skills and understanding, both creatively and technically. Develop your own creative photography signature. You will start with a refresh of technical areas such as shutter speeds, aperture and ISO, overviewing the creative impact these modes have on your photographs. While developing these skills, you will further explore technical, visual, practical and creative areas, including understanding RAW files, metering modes, filters, post-production techniques, exploring characteristics of light, sources of inspiration as well as investigating portrait, travel, still-life and landscape photography. The latter part of the course will support you to hone your individual photography style and creative flair.

This is an ideal follow on to the Introduction to Digital Photography short course.

You will benefit from course tutor and professional photographer, Kieran Hunt (MA BA Hons PGCHE FHEA). His work has been showcased in the UK and overseas and he has been a nominee in the national ‘Nikon Discovery Awards’ where his work was exhibited at the Olympia Gallery in London. As well as working within editorial, advertising and fine art photography he additionally teaches photography to international students studying at the universities partnership ‘INTO’ teaching centre.

 

Date/time10 weeks, Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Autumn term20 September 22 November 2017, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus
Winter term

17 January  21 March 2018, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus 

*Please note that due to paternity circumstances, one week might be rescheduled at short notice (the rescheduled week would then take place on 28 March 2018, following the planned course end date).

Spring term2 May – 4 July 2018, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus
Cost

£195 (10% discount for university, staff and alumni)

See full details and book (for external candidates)
See full details and book (for university staff, students or alumni)

 

Creative Photography - Kieran Hunt

This creative and practical course encourages students to experiment with a range of creative methods, techniques and approaches to their photography to develop their confidence, personal style and creative voice in their own photography.

Through a mixture of presentations, group discussions, practical activities and group reviews of work students will embrace and explore experimental and innovative techniques and approaches to capturing images leading to personal creative work. The course also introduces creative thinking skills and how to generate ideas in a creative context and photography practice.

The course is designed for individuals who have a passion for photography and would like to improve their creative skills beyond their existing knowledge and use of their camera equipment.

This is a non-credited course meaning there is no formal qualification or set mark. Feedback will be provided on a weekly basis through the group reviews, discussions, practical activities and weekly assignments equipping you to carry on developing your creative photography.

You will benefit from course tutor and professional photographer, Kieran Hunt (MA BA Hons PGCHE FHEA). His work has been showcased in the UK and overseas and he has been a nominee in the national ‘Nikon Discovery Awards’ where his work was exhibited at the Olympia Gallery in London. As well as working within editorial, advertising and fine art photography he additionally teaches photography to international students studying at the universities partnership ‘INTO’ teaching centre.

 

Date/time10 weeks, Mondays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Autumn term18 September20 November 2017, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus
Winter term

15 January – 19 March 2018, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus

*Please note that due to paternity circumstances, one week might be rescheduled at short notice (the rescheduled week would then take place on 26 March 2018, following the planned course end date).

Spring term

23 April - 9 July 2018, Centre for Art and Photography - Hardwick campus 

(NB: no session 7th & 28th May as these are Bank Holidays)

Cost

£195 (10% discount for university, staff and alumni)

See full details and book (for external candidates)
See full details and book (for university staff, students or alumni)

 

Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite - Tim Adams

Get an introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite, comprising of Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.

Over the sessions, graphics created in Illustrator and images cropped and retouched in Photoshop will be compiled in page payouts within InDesign in order to give a broad working knowledge of these industry standard applications.
You will need to be a proficient computer user, however, prior knowledge of these applications or Apple Macs is not essential before starting this course.

You will benefit from course tutor Tim Adams (BA Hons PGCHE FHEA) our Graphic Design Technician Demonstrator, who has over twenty years’ experience both within the design industry and Higher Education. Tim specialises in using active learning techniques to teach Adobe software to our undergraduate cohort, and brings these skills to bear in order to ensure that his evening classes remain engaging, enjoyable and useful. 

 

Date/time10 weeks, Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Autumn term4 October – 6 December 2017, Francis Close Hall campus
Winter term17 January 21 March 2018, Francis Close Hall campus
Cost

£195 (10% discount for university, staff and alumni)

See full details and book (for external candidates)
See full details and book (for university staff, students or alumni)

 

Sewing for Beginners, Part 1 - Jamilla Ives

Develop your Fashion Design skills during this 5 week short course using a domestic sewing machine. Although we have a range of domestic machines available, it is advised to bring the machine and manual you intend to use at home if you have one.

You will explore a range of domestic sewing techniques such as plain seams, run and felled seams and finishes for hems.

You will start from scratch with your sewing knowledge. The sessions are practical with plenty of opportunities to practice on a sewing machine, and you will make pinafore and market bags.

Take the chance to start afresh with sewing, or for those of you who have neglected your machines, bring them in and begin from scratch.

You will benefit from course tutor Jamilla Ives who is a Fashion Design Technician Demonstrator; a Fashion Atelier graduate, she has experience working as a both a freelance pattern cutter and production machinist.

 

Date/time5 weeks, Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Dates TBC3 October - 31 October 2017
Cost

£125 (10% discount for university, staff and alumni)

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Sewing for Beginners, Part 2 - Jamilla Ives

Progress your Fashion Design skills during this 5 week short course using a domestic or Industrial sewing machine. Although we have a range of domestic and industrial machines available, it is advised to bring your domestic sewing machine and manual if you want to feel more confident with it at home.

You will make a simple skirt in a material of your choice and explore a range of sewing techniques such as inserting a zip; plain seams, bound seams, and finishes for hems.

This is an ideal follow on to Sewing for Beginners, Part 1.

You will benefit from course tutor Jamilla Ives who is a Fashion Design Technician Demonstrator; a Fashion Atelier graduate, she has experience working as a both a freelance pattern cutter and production machinist.

 

 Date/time5 weeks, Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 
Dates TBC15 November - 13 December 2018
Cost

£125 (10% discount for university, staff and alumni)

See full details and book (for external candidates)
See full details and book (for university staff, students or alumni)