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Short creative courses

Find out more about creative short courses available to study at the University of Gloucestershire.

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 in these part-time courses

You can find out more about each of our short creative courses below – check back regularly for new courses and availability.


​​​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. 

Cost: £200 (10% discount for university staff and alumni)

Format: 10 weeks part-time, Tuesdays – 6.30 – 8.30pm

Available dates: 26 April – 28 June 2022

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.

Cost: £200 (10% discount for university staff and alumni)

Format: 10 weeks part-time, Wednesdays – 6.30 – 8.30pm

Available dates: 27 April – 29 June 2022

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.

Cost: £200 (10% discount for university staff and alumni)

Format: 10 weeks part-time, Mondays – 6.30 – 8:30pm

Available dates: 25 April – 4 July 2022
(No session on 2 May due to Bank Holiday)

Experimental Photography – Lisa Lavery

This creative short course offers the opportunity to explore a range of alternative and digital experimental image making processes. This practical hands-on course explores cameraless photography, the Cyanotype process, Darkroom & Large format photography. 

(A basic understanding of photography is required).

 Participants will be introduced to a range of image making approaches through traditional, digital, and analogue techniques. We will look at number of significant artists and photographers, both historical and contemporary, who explore creative experimentation within their work. 

Over the six-week period, through practical workshops, presentations, and discussion we will explore the following elements that play a part in image manipulation techniques: Camera – Light – Time – Chemical Process. 

Course tutor and Fine Art Photographer, Lisa Lavery has over 10 years’ experience teaching traditional and historical photography practices to students across various levels including Secondary Education, Further Education, Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees. Her specialist expertise is focused on process and understanding of techniques in analogue and alternative photography disciplines. 

Cost: £120

Format: 6 weeks part time, Wednesdays 18:30-20:30

Available dates: 9th March – 13th April 2022

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-five 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.

Cost: £200 (10% discount for university staff and alumni)

Format: 10 weeks part-time, Wednesdays – 18:30 – 20:30

Available dates: 12 January – 16 March 2022

​​Intermediate Adobe Creative Suite – Tim Adams

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 twenty-five years’ experience both within the design industry and Higher Education.

Cost: £200 (10% discount for university staff and alumni)

Format: 10 weeks part-time, Wednesdays – 18:30 – 20:30

Available dates: Wednesday 4th May – Wednesday 6th July 2022

Introduction to Cyanotype Workshop – Lisa Lavery

During this Cyanotype introduction workshop, you will learn how to prepare and mix chemicals to print on a range papers and fabric. You will have plenty of opportunity to experiment and explore different ways to create images, including making photograms with objects and using digital negatives on acetate. There will be ample opportunity to get 1-to-1 feedback and tips due to the small class size. 

Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic printing processes. This procedure was developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842. This non-toxic photographic process that produces a cyan-blue print using UV light. Negatives, stencils, or objects are placed on top of a sheet of photo sensitive paper and exposed to UV/sunlight. 

You will take home a collection of samples and the knowledge to continue exploring this practice at home, or in future master classes. 

All materials including chemicals, fabrics, papers, etc. are provided in the course cost. 

What to bring: 

Please bring items to print with to personalise your work. Feel free to bring any flat, translucent object (pressed flowers or leaves, feathers, translucent paper with interesting pattern, etc.) to make photograms. 

You will be asked to forward 2 images in advance of the workshop that will be prepared into a digital negative to be used on the day. 

Apron or old clothes are recommended. 

Course tutor and Fine Art Photographer, Lisa Lavery has over 10 years’ experience teaching traditional and historical photography practices to students across various levels including Secondary Education, Further Education, Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees. Her specialist expertise is focused on process and understanding of techniques in analogue and alternative photo.

Cost: £120

Format: 1 day course

Available date: Saturday 2nd April 2022, 10:00-16:00

Lith Printing Workshop – Lisa Lavery

During this practical full-day workshop you will learn basic Lith printing using a variety of papers, vintage and new, to explore the potential of this amazing printing process which gives a completely different look to standard B&W darkroom prints. 

Lith printing, discovered in the 1970’s, is a photographic printing process that uses a standard film negative with a special highly diluted Lith developer. This creative printing process yields wonderful results from gritty and graphical to subtle and painterly – Mid-tone colours can vary from pink, peach through to brown depending on the papers and technique. It also delivers other distinctive properties in terms of contrast and highlights. 

Although the process is more time consuming than standard printing methods the results are unique and often unpredictable which can be one of the attractions of the process. 

Any subject can lend itself to Lith printing, from portraits to landscape. The process is it relatively easy to learn, but as with standard printing it takes time to master – that said, it’s suitable for beginners as normal printing rules don’t apply! 

Any B&W film and format is suitable. Infra-red films work particularly well, however, only certain papers work, and each will have their very own properties. 

To join this workshop, some basic knowledge of how to make a B&W enlargement is required. Participants are required to bring their own B&W film negatives to print (any format). 

All equipment and materials are provided and the workshop will support a maximum of 6 participants. 

Find out more details about the Lith printing process.

(Please note many of the papers suitable for the process featured, have now been discontinued, however, there are papers on the market such as Fomatone that produce good results.) 

Course tutor and Fine Art Photographer, Lisa Lavery has over 10 years’ experience teaching traditional and historical photography practices to students across various levels including Secondary Education, Further Education, Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees. Her specialist expertise is focused on process and understanding of techniques in analogue and alternative photography disciplines. 

Cost: £150

Format: 1 day course

Available date: Saturday 26th March 2022, 10:00 – 16:00

Introduction to Linocut Printmaking – Martyna Sabadasz

During the 10-week course, you will be introduced to relief printing techniques of lino cutting. You will create an A4 size lino plate based on an image of your choice.

In the first stage of the course we will cover how to develop and prepare your design and transfer it onto the lino, what tools to use and how.

You will be taught techniques of different mark-making and carving a lino plate, rolling out the ink and inking up to print a single block colour. In the second stage of the course, we will focus on adding more colours and textures by building up layered compositions using an array of techniques including stencilling, chine-collé and monoprinting.

Working at your own pace, you will have plenty of time to experiment and develop your design in numerous ways. By combining varied techniques you will develop a good grounding for further exploration.
Martyna Sabadasz, course tutor (BA Illustration, MA Graphic Arts), has over ten years of experience in printmaking and illustration, specialising in relief printing techniques.

Cost: £200

Format: 10 weeks part time, Thursdays – 18:00-18:30 arrival/set-up time, 18:30-20:30 teaching time

Available dates: Thursday 3rd March – Thursday 12th May

Life Drawing – Simon Packard

This 10-week course will cover both a comprehensive breadth of processes including accepted drawing practices. Also, Printmaking such as Mono-print and Woodblock, all featuring the male and female models. The course can be enjoyed as an opportunity to develop your drawing experience and skills, or as a portfolio building platform. There will be the opportunity for an exhibition at the conclusion enabling friends and family to enjoy your endeavours.

Each week will highlight particular methodologies of drawing such as measurement, proportion, tonality and movement. There will be a focus on what can be used to make a mark with. What might seem unusual, mundane even such as boot polish, ice (coloured), cooking oil and oil pastel all allow for expression and a greater confidence in drawing.

There will be both male and female models. These very experienced models offer statuesque forms, flexibility and performative beguiling interpretations of historic paintings. There will be music when it is befitting and an atmosphere of at times being in the dark, in a space, an exciting one full of anticipation, in-the-round drawing full size figures.

During the 10 weeks every week the session will be different, extending and manipulating the 2D surface, and also introducing The Packard Process which is a print/drawing hybrid process which I developed and allows for a new way of drawing.

Simon Packard, course tutor and lecturer of 30+ years, who wants students to want to come to the University to do something they can’t do at home.

Cost: £200

Format: 10 weeks part time, Tuesdays – 18:30 – 20:30

Available dates: TBC

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