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Saturday Courses

Please note that online and onsite enrolment will commence from 24th June 2019.

All our Saturday courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2019 and over only.

Please click on the course title in blue for more information on our Saturday courses and to enrol.

Journalism

Print Journalism – An Introduction

Discover the basic skills needed to write for newspapers and magazines on this practical course taught by a professional journalist. You will learn how to write news and feature stories and then receive verbal and written feedback. It covers everything from generating ideas and what makes a great story to interviewing, writing, editing and getting published. By the end of the course you should feel more confident in your ability to write different articles.

This is an ideal extension to our 1 day Print journalism course.

Digital Design and Media – Digital Arts

Film and Video

Introduction to Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere is the editing software of choice for filmmakers from the hobbyist to industry professionals. If you are shooting film or video and/or working with any Adobe software product then mastering Adobe Premiere will open the door to editing, effects, sound and graphics.
Over two Saturday’s this hands-on beginner’s level film editing course teaches participants to perform editing functions, while becoming familiar with the user interface.
No previous knowledge of Adobe Premiere is required.

Digital Design and Media – Photography

Photography

Surface Manipulation of 2D Prints

This course will introduce you to a variety of surface manipulation techniques such as Craquelure, small relieve, ageing, guilding for 2D artwork (prints, canvas). You will learn how to add creatively different textures to printwork.

This course is ideal for photographers, craft enthusiast and Foundation Art Diploma students or anyone interested in the subject.

Bookkeping

Bookkeeping for Self Employment – Using Quickbooks

This course is for small business entrepreneurs who want to learn how to use ‘QuickBooks’ to manage their accounts. This on-line accounting software will help you to produce invoices; make and accept payments; track expenses, stock and mileage. This will enable you to better control your cash flow and make completion of tax returns easier.

Computing and Digital Skills

Microsoft Excel: Beginners (Term 1 and 2)

On this course you will learn the basics of using Excel spreadsheets to manipulate data. This course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience of Excel who want to develop their skills. You will become confident in using very simple but effective techniques and learn, through the examples used in class, the potential of using spreadsheets in your day-to-day life or work.

Microsoft Excel: Intermediate (Term 1 and 2)

This course is for those who have completed the ‘Introduction to Microsoft Excel course’ or have some experience of using spreadsheets and want to further develop their skills. You will extend your knowledge and experience of spreadsheets, working on more complex tasks with the help of your tutor. Improving your Excel skills will help you be more effective at work and in your day-to-day life.

Computer Skills for Beginners

Learn the basic digital skills needed for everyday life and become more confident with technology on this course. Suitable for absolute beginners or those who feel out of touch with the latest developments in technology, this course will teach you how to create simple documents, how to use the internet for shopping, emailing, searching for work, and how to be safe online.

Coding for Parents with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is used in schools to help learners develop coding and programming skills. These sessions are aimed at parents who would like to understand more about Raspberry Pi, and develop their own basic coding skills.

Discover Apple Mac and OSX

Mac computers are legendarily easy to use, and if you’re coming from Windows, you can learn how to click, copy, close, and more in no time. On this one-day course we’ll show you how to get the most use from the Mac’s powerful, friendly features. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, this course offers you the chance to get to know and understand how the Apple Mac operating system works and how to use it. The ideal course for Apple Mac users with little or no previous experience. You will discover how a Mac computer works, the common functions and the free creative and business software that comes with a Mac.

Google Ads and My Business for Self Employment

“Google is where people search for what to do, where to go, and what to buy”. This course is for small business entrepreneurs who want to learn how to use Google Ads and Google My Business to improve their online presence, make their products easier to find and sell, and give them more control of what shows in the search results when someone searches for their business name.

Business, IT and Professions

Working in schools and nurseries: Introduction to Arts and Crafts

This course will cover a range of art and crafts activities that can be used with young children in an early years setting. Each session will focus on different activities.

Working in schools and nurseries: Introduction to BSL

An introduction to British Sign Language taster course for anyone wishing to learn about Deaf Awareness and sign language in a childcare setting. This short course will give confidence to learners wanting to communicate with deaf, hard of hearing, pre-verbal and non-verbal children. The course covers everyday greetings and instructions, BSL nursery rhymes and simple story telling activities.

Working in schools and nurseries: Introduction to Makaton

Learning Makaton can play an active role in supporting and promoting language development and non-verbal communication in children. Makaton uses signs and symbols to support communication and develops communication skills for those who struggle with spoken language. During these sessions you will learn how to use Makaton signs to support behaviour and learn core vocabulary (single nouns and verbs) to help children make requests and express themselves.

Working in schools and nurseries: Mealtime Supervision June 2020

This course is for anyone wishing to learn more about becoming a mealtime supervisor. You will explore the requirements of the role in relation to; working with children, having good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Creative Arts

Paper Making (Beginners/Intermediate)

Paper is an inexpensive sculptural material. Pliable and easily folded, pleated, cut and manipulated with simple tools. The artist can form three-dimensional shapes from simple to complex. These basic principles of making in paper can be useful for artists, architects, fashion designers and milliners. Learn some key basic techniques − hand folding, scoring and manipulation. The session will also cover tools and types of paper best suited for this art form. Please note we do not cover paper engineering for pop-up books

Paper Marbling (Beginners/Intermediate)

A centuries-old art, Paper Marbling is a fun and creative way to decorate paper with stunning patterns. The course will take you through the history of marbling, introduce you to the tools, materials and techniques used in this craft and enable you to experiment with colours, inks and paints to create a variety of traditional and contemporary marbling designs.

Ceramics (Studio Practice)

This course is designed to build on your existing experiences by offering comprehensive strategies for improving your studio based work. The tutor will give guidance while providing strategies designed to stretch and challenge you as a maker. You can follow set class projects or work on self-initiated personal projects. The emphasis is on developing your creative potential.

Calligraphy: Introduction
 
Take up a pen and make your mark! Learn about the history, materials and techniques of Calligraphy while trying out a range of Calligraphy tools and processes. We’ll look at traditional and modern Calligraphy practises and explore how different tools can influence your letters. You’ll get an insight into
contemporary practise of calligraphy and have personal experience of writing with different Calligraphy tools.

Calligraphy: Modern

Pick up the pen and make your first letters in Modern Calligraphy. This script is presently widely popular in graphic design and used in book design, advertisements, wedding stationery etc. We will look into the pointed pen writing, which is often called ‘Modern Calligraphy.’ We will practise and explore variations of pointed pen writing, gain insight into contemporary practise of Calligraphy, and develop your skills in writing.

Using Wire with Ceramics

We will look at contemporary makers that combine these materials and explore some of the possible outcomes. You will experiment with and create small or medium objects and fire them inside a saggar. Amongst the materials we will use are stainless steel, nichrome wire, stoneware, paper clays, nails and cutlery, with firings at low and high temperature. The use of Egyptian Paste as a bonding element at the earthenware range will be covered. This course will not cover the glazing of work.

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Mura

An exciting opportunity to spend time designing, making and decorating a ceramic title wall mural for an interior or exterior space. You may have a space in mind that you want to design for, or you may want to make a mural or series of tiles to give as a gift. This course will give you some history, as well as learning a range of practical techniques. All levels welcome.

Plaster Press Moulds for Ceramics

Create plaster press moulds on this three day course, under the guidance of an experienced tutor. This course explores the creative possibilities of producing plaster press moulds for shape and texture to be used with ceramics processes. We will be studying a brief history of press mould making, exploring textures and shapes that work well with this process and how to develop your own ideas. For existing ceramic students this course is ideal for ceramics students who wish to develop this part of their personal practice.

The Art of Paper: Folding, Pleating and Manipulation

Paper is an inexpensive sculptural material. Pliable and easily folded, pleated, cut and manipulated with simple tools. The artist can form three-dimensional shapes from simple to complex. These basic principles of making in paper can be useful for artists, architects, fashion designers and milliners. Learn some key basic techniques − hand folding, scoring and manipulation. The session will also cover tools and types of paper best suited for this art form. Please note we do not cover paper engineering for pop-up books.

AutoCAD: Intensive Introduction

This course will introduce you to AutoCAD 2016 a widely used industry standard Computer Aided Design software. You will learn the basics of 2D drafting, annotation, drawing set up and layout setup for printing through a series of exercises and guided projects. This course is suitable for anyone looking to work or currently working in the Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture, Product Design, Engineering or Construction sector. Students that currently study on an Interior Design/ Architecture/ Product Design etc. may find this a good addition to their skill set.

SketchUp: An Introduction

This course will introduce you to a fantastic 3D modelling tool: SketchUp Pro 2019. Currently used by many industry professionals to visualise their design projects in 3D. This course will familiarise learners with SketchUp interface, basic 2D and 3D drawing tools through several guided projects to create 3D models of objects, furniture and larger models.

Photoshop for Photographers (Mixed Level)

This course is open to beginners and improvers, you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. You will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop CC working through the features in detail from the very basics. The course is ideal for those starting off in using Photoshop for photography and useful for learners looking to improve their skills and ensure they are using the programme as efficiently as possible.

Introduction to InDesign (Mixed Level)

This course is intended for people with no previous experience of InDesign or those who have used the product but require the official training on how to use the basics of the application in the best way. Ideally suited for people wanting to edit existing InDesign documents or those wishing to create very simple newsletters or flyers.
You will familiarise with the basics of print design and layout, using Adobe InDesign as the professional’s choice. You will learn the basics of working with text, images and building documents in a correct and optimised way. In this, one of our signature courses, you will work with some of the tools and features to create eye-catching printed documents using Adobe InDesign.

Make a Business Card Using Illustrator (Mixed Level)

Whether you’re branding your own company or you’ve recently become self-employed, you need business cards to effectively advertise yourself.
Adobe Illustrator is a program used by both artists and graphic designers to create vector images. These images will then be used for company logos, promotional uses or even personal work, both in print and digital form. Adobe Illustrator is typically used to create illustrations, charts, graphs, logos, diagrams, cartoons of real photographs, and more. While the program may be difficult to understand initially, the final product will be well worth the learning curve.

Photoshop for Graphic Designers (Mixed Level)

This course is open to beginners and improvers, you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given on how to use this software. You will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop CC image manipulation software working through the features in detail starting from the very basics. The course is ideal for those starting off in using Photoshop for graphic design and useful for learners looking to improve their skills and ensure they are using the programme as efficiently as possible.

Photoshop for Photographers (Mixed Level)

This course is open to beginners and improvers, you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. You will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop CC working through the features in detail from the very basics. The course is ideal for those starting off in using Photoshop for photography and useful for learners looking to improve their skills and ensure they are using the programme as efficiently as possible.

Portraiture from a Photograph

Working from a photograph (you can provide your own if you wish), you will be introduced to various different drawing and painting methods for portraiture. From technical drawing and accurate proportions to more expressive painterly techniques.