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Digital Image Course – Adobe Creative Cloud

Digital Image Course – Adobe Creative Cloud

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Paul O’Hara


Explore the maximum potential of the digital image and move on to a more professional level with a course in the most widely used creative software in the art and design industry. Covering digital photography, design, illustration and filmmaking, you will discover key workflow techniques and processes enabling you to create fluidly in the digital desktop world of the modern image.

The course will be hands-on real-world examples, in state of the art workshops with a professional qualified artist and tutor, of how to create impact with your work by exploring how modern image production is created.

Covering the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud software, - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premier Pro, at a pace dictated by your own experience and needs, the course will involve both group and one–to–one tuition and assignments, to arm you with a portfolio of work and the skills to engage with images at an advanced level.
The first four classes will cover digital image composition, creation and editing through assignments and exercises, firstly in photography and Photoshop. This is to establish a complete grounding in image theory which is applicable across the other three applications covered in the course. 

There are three core elements to this: Technical > to establish the skillset required to produce quality images: Compositional > to establish a realization of the portfolio of elements which enable the repeated creation of a ‘successful’ images: Conceptual > a development of an individual aesthetic or ‘way of seeing’ – which identifies a ‘voice’ or identity in the artist / image-maker. The second half of the course continues these elements through the other applications > Illustrator, for vector-based graphics, InDesign for interactive media and layout, and Premier Pro, for filmmaking. 

The materials we use in class are in a pdf format which the student can take away and consult - so if anything is missed in class, they have everything written in document form, which they can work on at home from week to week, and be ready for the following week. There is plenty of interaction, discussion, debate and opportunity to explore individual requirements – ‘digital image’ is a wide arena and the intention is for the student to leave the course with a portfolio of skills and work that meets their expectations. 

Students will have access to their own Macintosh computer. 
You are encouraged to bring your own images to work and experiment with.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is suitable for beginners / intermediates.
What will they take away from the course? 
Give you the skills to engage with images at an advanced level.
What are the key topics the course will cover?
Digital photography, design, illustration and filmmaking.

Take a peek inside the course over on the CSM Short Courses blog.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.

Tutor Description

Paul O'Hara is an artist and tutor across digital arts. He is a contributor to Getty images, with recent work named one of the albums of the year by the BBC Late Junction show. Visit and


Students should bring the following materials to the first session:

  • Digital camera
  • Some of your own images, drawings, designs or films.

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