PHO704: Assessment Period 1

It may still be summer and the break, but there is soon a new module to study on the Falmouth Flexible MA. Up next is the study of  Sustainable Prospects.

Adobe Certified Associate Visual Design with Photoshop

Meanwhile, I’ve put the time to reasonable use, doing some catching up from the first module. I then got myself down to the Falmouth Penryn Campus.

As a Falmouth Flexible postgraduate student studying via a virtual learning environment (Canvas), it has been good to get out, see the campus, meet other postgrads, including Alex from the second year of my course and writing and illustration and media students. We worked for our Adobe accreditation in Photoshop. We were instructed by software trainer Susannah Travis ably assisted by Lisa Wallace, who is taking on the teaching.

I wanted to broaden my skills from Photography to other areas of visual design. We studied very intensely and touched on areas of web design, illustration, page layout and video.


I managed to touch on the subject of InDesign PDF interactive files. I need to improve image resolution (as pixelation was evident in my experimental work in abstract expressionism).

InDesign has more control over export file size and resolution than Acrobat only.

Full print resolution files can be used at 300 PPI with great user control over file size reduction.

The (Photographer’s) Apprentice

I’ve been working with a professional photographer, and Managing Director of the Studios and Training Centre based near London (end of the Metropolitan line).

I had planned to spend a day working in support of a training course on still life but plans changed. Instead, I can readily relate to prior experiences.
Another option is to do something with other activities during the Assessment Period:

A)  Adobe certification training in Visual Design with Photoshop (mentioned above)
B) An Open Day “interview” with the marketing manager for a national charity. We established the charity would willingly use my photographic support.

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