Digital Design and Photography



We have a huge variety of Digital Design and Photography courses at PSAD. Our digital tutors have years of industry experience combined with fine art practice which gives our students a unique learning experience using Adobe software including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Adobe has been the design industry standard for creating graphics and manipulating imagery for years.

You will learn how to use the tools, palettes and menus in the various software programs to create original artwork which can be used for a range of art practice including graphic and textile design.

  • Digital Design
  • Photography
  • Specialist Courses
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Pastels and Watercolour
  • Diploma
  • Art and Design for Young People

Please contact the school if you require further details or a course description.

Creating a Website using Templates

Students will create a website, using a template that can be easily managed and updated. The class will focus on generating interest in the artist and website through social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and interaction with external art sites.

Fridays   |   2 to 4pm

Enrol 2018-2019


Digital Design Adobe Creative Cloud (Level 1)

On this course students will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, as well as how to navigate and do quick image editing in Adobe Bridge.

Mondays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm
Tuesdays   |   10am to 1pm

Enrol 2019-2020


Digital Design Projects

This is a 10 week course which is suitable for students who feel confident in at least one of the following programmes: Photoshop, Illustrator or In Design. If it’s a website you are creating, a template program such as WIX or Squarespace can be supported.

Tuesdays   |   2 to 5pm

Enrol 2018-2019


*NEW* Digital Illustration Workshop

This course will introduce you to a new set of tools and techniques from the digital realm. Whether you are a professional artist seeking for another medium to explore, or  a beginner wanting to develop your creativity, this course provides an introduction to the detail you need to get started. Please note this is not a computing course but it will introduce you to methods of combining your real world art with digital techniques.

Thursdays   |   10am to 4pm   One day courses: starting 2 April and 16 July 2020

Enrol 2019-2020


*NEW* Digital Photography (Project Led)

This course is intended to enable the learner to develop creative approaches and develop their photographic practice through personal research and technical ability.

Thursdays | 2 to 5pm

Enrol 2019-2020


Digital Photography and Photoshop

Beginners/Level 1 – No knowledge of cameras or Photoshop is necessary but basic computer skills are useful. Level 2 – A grasp of how to get a correct exposure using Aperture, Shutterspeed and ISO. Basic computer skills and some knowledge of enhancing photos with software.  Level 3 – Extending the understanding of using exposure settings and your knowledge of Photoshop.

Mondays   |   10am to 1pm            Spring Term – Level 2  and  Summer Term – Level 3

Tuesdays   |   6.45 to 9.15pm        Spring Term – Level 2  and  Summer Term – Level 3

Wednesdays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm  Spring Term – Level 2  and  Summer Term – Level 3

Thursdays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm      Spring Term – Level 1  and  Summer Term – Level 2

Fridays   |   2pm to 5pm                  Beginners – Four week courses: starting 6 March and 12 June 2020

Our beginner photography course will help you understand the basics of light and how to set a camera for various creative effects.

Wednesdays   |   10am to 1pm     Advanced

Wednesday   |   2 to 5pm               Advanced

Enrol 2019-2020


Landscape & Wildlife Photography

Out on location you will be guided on camera settings and how to improve composition with an eye to editing later on Photoshop e.g. converting to black and white.  Why landscape & Wildlife photography? Maybe you enjoy being in nature and want to share the experience through your unique vision.

Saturdays   |   10am to 1pm   Landscape & Wildlife Photography – Three week courses: starting 29 February and 6 June 2020

Enrol 2019-2020


Learn Creative Photoshop (Beginners and Level 2)

Being able to work with Photoshop is the must-have skill for all designers and artists, so this course enables you to get to grips with the four essential skills necessary for becoming a Photoshop pro. Whether you are a beginner or have some experience, you will learn how to use layers to be truly in control of your image-making, and discover the art of making and using selections, from the simple to the complicated.

Thursdays   |   10am to 1pm  Beginners

Mondays   |   2 to 5pm           Level 2

Enrol 2019-2020


Photoclub for advanced photographers

A club for advanced photographers to develop creative vision and build up your portfolio, which will involve directed photo shoots.

Tuesdays   |   10am to 12.30pm  or  1.30pm to 4pm

Enrol 2019-2020


Photoshop for Artists, Designers, Printmakers and Illustrators

Photoshop is an incredibly useful tool for managing image creation and preparation. We will work with both drawings and photographs. For illustrators, it is a fantastic chance to see how your original images can easily be enhanced by changing and manipulating effects and colours.

Thursdays   |   10am to 1pm – Four week course: starting 27 February and Three week course: starting 4 June 2020

Enrol 2019-2020


Portrait Photography (including one week studio hire)

How to take a good portrait is a fine art, trying to represent your subject in a photograph that communicates the desired result is a skill worth learning.

Saturdays   |   10am to 1pm Portrait Photography (including 1 week studio hire) – Four week courses: starting 18 January and 2 May 2020

Enrol 2018-2019


*NEW* Street and Urban Photography

There will be an initial introduction to the practical side of things e.g. setting the camera, dealing with the public and how to be discreet. We will also look at how other photographers have interpreted these genres.

Saturdays   |   10am to 1pm – Three week courses: starting 21 March and 27 June 2020

Enrol 2019-2020


Video Editing and Digital Animation

Increasingly, designers and artists are using animation to bring their work to life. This inspirational course is designed as an introduction for anyone who would like to make their own edited sequences or animations to upload online, to share with friends or clients.

Mondays   |   2 to 5pm Six week course: starting 24 Feb 2020

Enrol 2019-2020