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Hobby and Interest Courses

Overview

We offer a variety of part-time hobby and interest courses in the daytime and evenings for learners’ enjoyment and career progression. So whether you’re interested in dancing, ceramics, or learning to create a perfect up do with our talented hairdressing staff, we have something for you. Some courses are even free or offered at minimal cost, and range from short master classes held on one day to in-depth programmes which are taught over several weeks or more.

Who are Leicester College’s Hobby and Interest Courses For?

You will have to be at least 16 to take most of the courses, but generally courses don’t require previous qualifications or experience- just a genuine interest in the subject. We offer practical courses in subjects such as computing, business, DIY, and first aid, but many of the courses are more for your personal interest and enjoyment. You can take evening classes in creative fields such as photography, jewellery making, garment making, pattern cutting, cake decorating, and more. You can also learn professional skills such as how to develop a mobile app, using Dreamweaver, or food safety.

Further Information

Evening courses can offer the chance to build up a portfolio of work if you’re considering applying for a higher-level course in art, photography, or another creative subject. Some courses can also give you skills you need to progress in your current employment, or can simply offer you a taste of an interesting new subject – such as mehndi, pop music history, or sugarcrafts.

Call 0116 224 2240 or email for more information.

Acting (Intermediate) – C8081

Course Code: C8081

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 30 Jan 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

This exciting 7-week course, will take place in the Abbey Park Campus Theatre. The Intermediate Acting: Refining the Craft course is designed for adults who have completed our beginners' acting course and are looking to further develop their acting skills. This course delves deeper into acting techniques, character development, and scene work.

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Studio Photography – C7463

Course Code: C7463

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 11 Apr 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Develop the different techniques to help you become a successful photographer. Whether this short course supports your career or personal development, we will focus on studio photography in our professional suites at the college. From software to lighting, our experienced lecturers will deliver workshops covering all aspects including lighting, exposure, flash meters, and more.

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Introduction to Cake Decorating – Fresh, Buttercream and Ganache – C8266

Course Code: C8266

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 29 Apr 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus Ross Walk

This is a beginner's course and during this course you will learn how to work with buttercream, fresh cream and ganache. You will also learn different piping techniques. You will learn various techniques including creating flowers, basket weave and other designs.

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Introduction to Sewing Skills – C8197

Course Code: C8197

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 30 Apr 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is for beginners and those that want to learn the basics. Each week you will be guided through a small sewing project for example, creating your own needle case, piped pin cushion and making a zipper purse.

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Adobe Illustrator for Beginners – C5341

Course Code: C5341

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Interested in graphics or improving your skill set with Adobe products? Join us for this short part-time programme to learn the basics of Illustrator. From designing your own website, graphics or logos this course will give you the knowledge to fly solo as a freelance designer or further study into other Adobe design software.

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Introduction to Cake Decorating – Sugarpaste – C8276

Course Code: C8276

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus Freemen's Park Campus

This is a beginner's course and during this course you will learn how to work with sugarpaste and icing to create cake toppers and make cake decorations. A fantastic way to perfect your cake decorating skills or learn a new technique. It will help you enhance your skills and impress your friends at the next tea party.

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Beginner’s Ceramics – Slab Building and Printing – C8275

Course Code: C8275

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 02 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

You will explore the potential and limitations of plastic clay through the construction of slab-built ceramics. Using traditional techniques and source materials you will design a range of slab-built, functional pieces and produce one of these. You will learn how to create surface texture and pattern using impressing, stamping and ‘sgraffito’ techniques, as well as printing and surface transfers or ‘decals’. These techniques will be developed using found objects as well as pottery decoration tools and methods.

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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop – C5261

Course Code: C5261

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 02 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Introduction to Abode Photoshop is a fantastic course opportunity for those wanting to progress into a creative role or enhance their current skill set. Covering a wide range of basic skills we will help you develop your confidence to use the tools within the programme and knowledge on editing photographs to a professional level.

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Introduction to Cake Decorating – Sugarpaste – C8265

Course Code: C8265

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 02 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus Ross Walk

This is a beginner's course and during this course you will learn how to work with sugarpaste and icing to create cake toppers and make cake decorations. The perfect course to learn how to make beautiful cake toppers. Impress your friends at your next tea party, with the best cake design on the menu.

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