Digital Skills for Artists


COURSE DATES: Thursdays, 18th April – 6th June 2024

TUTOR: Dian Joy, Katerina Iacovides


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All Levels, Beginner

FEE: £500

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Digital Skills for Artists: Through practical workshops, you’ll learn how to document and present your work through a range of digital media, and discover how this can benefit the development and distribution of your art. This course will guide you step-by-step through subjects such as photographing your work, post-production, file handling, PDF creation and the basics of building an artist’s website.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain and apply basic photographic principles
  • Use DSLR functions
  • Explain file types and image resolution and produce appropriate files for different purposes (screen/print etc)
  • Photograph your work and apply simple post production methods
  • Apply basic skills in the application of Adobe software
  • Explain and apply simple HTML coding
  • Produce a website
  • Create basic PDFs

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes.

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.


Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.


Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.


If you have your own Digital SLR or bridge camera you should bring these to Week 1 if you wish to be taken through the settings on your camera.

You are advised to bring a USB memory stick or portable hard drive to backup work. You will not be able to store files on the Macs.

Please also bring any photographs of your own artwork or relevant material you wish to use over the 8 weeks. You should make sure you bring in enough material to work with on the “Personal Work” days.

** Please note all our computers in the Digital Suite are Mac’s and currently run the macOS Catalina operating system, they also all run Adobe CC 2020 software.**

Dian Joy is a British-Nigerian transdisciplinary artist who lives and practices in London, working across a variety of mediums, including video, installation, and extended reality. While conceptually rooted in the practices of Cultural Analysis, Joy remains deeply grounded in the physicality to which the experience of the subaltern is bound. Within this, special attention is paid to the intersections and interactions between technology and discourse, employing community engagement as a qualitative research methodology within their process.

Their investigation into various strategies of emancipation and exaltation has led them to exhibit across Europe both solo and as a part of BLUE, a transnational art collective they co-founded whilst living in Amsterdam. This community of artists worked digitally and transnationally to produce exhibitions, installations, performances, and club nights across Europe, and was active from 2017 to 2020.

Beginning their practice working in collaboration has deeply influenced the trajectory of their solo career, enabling them to work at different scales, often with public and private institutions—such as BBC, BFI, Story Futures, and Nexus Studios.

Katerina Iacovides is a photographer who specialises in portrait and product photography. With a background in graphic design, Iacovides is an experienced photographer and re-toucher. Her work has appeared in many magazines such as Trend Prive, Art of the Portrait, Elle, Professional Jewellers, Dark Beauty, Kultur, IMIRAGE, Boutique and Attire Accessories. She has shot a vast range of imagery which includes fashion, lifestyle, accessories, clothing, homeware, cosmetics, packaging, food and jewellery. Working as an independent freelancer as well as alongside professional teams and stylists.

As an experienced freelance tutor, she has worked alongside photographers and tutors for over four years at DSLR Photography Courses in London. Iacovides has trained photographers working for amazing brands such as Russel and Bromley, Fair Trade, Historic Places, Harvey Nichols, B&Q, Gems of London and The Design Museum.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.

Materials & Equipment

  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


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