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About the Course
An introduction to using Apple Mac computers and the Mac operating system. Learn how to navigate your way around, save and copy files, work with icons, menus, disks and drives. Organise media and use basic applications. Suitable for Beginners, and those with no experience of using Mac iOS. A great primer course for those wishing to join our digital design courses on Mac computers.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Navigate Files, Folders and Menus
Understand and work with preferences to personalise your Mac
Upload and work with photographs and media
Review apps and Mac software programmes
Use the dock to access favourites
Set up documents for printing
Understand the main diferences between Mac and PC operating systmes.
Class format and activities
You will work independently and as part of a group to perform exercises which will help you understand the Apple Macintosh and its many functions and features. The tutor will help you with your personal requirements for using a Mac and advise of the features and functions you would mostly need. The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One-to-one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills. Manageable project work will sometimes be assigned between classes to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs, and assessment and feedback on your progress. Some use of web-based presentation tools will be encouraged. Learning will be supported by course hand-outs, and the tutor will provide links to online resources.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.
You will have an interest in Apple Macs and a desire to learn how they work. Perhaps you have received a new machine and are unsure of how to start. This course will be ideal for the beginner in all things Mac! A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly to get the most out of the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with digital tools for design and publication.
What you need to know before you enrol
The Course will be taught on Apple Mac computers in a bright, comfortable modern studio. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands, however this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. As this is a computer-based course you will be encouraged to be aware of fatigue and eye strain and take breaks when necessary. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor. Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator or Learning Support before enrolling.
What you will need for your class
It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory Stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.
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