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Photoshop Award Level 1

  • Overview of the course

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    This is a course for students that would like to learn Photoshop skills from basic to more advanced and gain a qualification. You will start by learning tool and techniques through a series of exercises followed by exploring your own ideas and applying skills learnt with the support of the tutor. You will need to keep a portfolio of evidence with notes. This course is designed to follow on from our beginners course – although advisable this may not be essential for all students.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will cover these areas
    • adjusting colour and brightness of images
    • using a variety of Photoshop tools
    • application of filters and effects to improve images and create pieces of artwork
    • retouching techniques - eg. removing blemishes
    • combining images - eg. replacing backgrounds
    • advanced techniques aimed at photographers
    • advanced techniques aimed at designers
  • Entry requirements

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    Good general computer skills are essential – file management, using Internet etc.
    Ideally you should have some basic Photoshop skills prior to enrolling on this course.
    You will need to be able to access Photoshop at home and be prepared to practice the skills you acquire in class at home. Imagination and application of skills will ensure success. You will be encouraged to bring your own images on a memory stick but stock images will also be available for practice of techniques.
    Interview with tutor necessary.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    This an NCFE Level 1 course and all students are required to collect a portfolio of evidence throughout the year which covers 3 units of the qualification –
    • Explore craft resources
    • Explore craft ideas
    • Create, present and review final craft item
    Written and oral feedback will be given by the tutor throughout the year.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    A memory stick would be useful for all students to bring to classes.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 16 January 2023. Last class: 10 Jul 2023
    • Monday : 12:30 - 15:00
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £276.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    Digital photography courses.
    Graphic Design courses.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


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    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

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  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    12:30 - 15:00
    2.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    20 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane & Derby Community Learning Centre

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