Course Outline:

Top photographers in Scotland earn upwards of £600 a day. It’s estimated that 7,800 jobs will need to be replaced or created between 2020 and 2023 in the creative industries and photography in Scotland, with the need for good quality images for advertising and content. This course builds on the HNC and combines the traditional skills of image making with those needed in an ever-changing digital environment.

This Course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

You may apply for direct entry to Year 3 of a BA [Hons] in a related subject, which may include:

  • Photography
  • Film and Television
  • Digital Art
  • Multimedia
  • Design and Craft [Photographic and Electronic Media]

You will be assessed at interview and by the presentation of a portfolio and entry will be at the discretion of each university.

Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • 1 relevant Higher plus 3 National 5 awards
  • Relevant group of SQA National Qualifications at SCQF level 5/6
  • Direct entry to second year requires an HNC in Photography, with a minimum of 14 credits and an A/B in Graded Unit 1
  • Foundation apprenticeship in a relevant subject
  • Equivalent recognised qualification
  • Relevant work experience
  • A keen interest in the subject area
  • Portfolio of recent work
  • Own or have the use of a DSLR camera for duration of course
  • If English is not your first language, ESOL at an appropriate level or IELTS or equivalent with an entry score of 5.5 or above
  • Acceptance may depend on interview.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year

Career Progression:

This course leads to opportunities from working in a studio to scenic location photography. Many students set up their own photography businesses.

Who is the Course For?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop their career as a photographer. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or progress into the industry.

What Will I Study?

This course is designed to prepare you for a career as a professional photographer. It will provide you with broad-based creative and commercially relevant experience by studying : Fashion, Photojournalism, Film, Documentary and Photoshop. The emphasis throughout the course is on professional attitude, working to deadlines, attention to detail and the desire to satisfy the demands of the client. You will be asked to fulfil varied photographic briefs – developing fresh and original creative image solutions, coupled with developing essential self-motivated study, research skills and reflective practice.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Ongoing assessment through a range of practical activities, candidate folios, self-evaluation, planning and review using secure SQA assessment support packs. Open-book project-based graded unit assessment.

Why Should I Choose This Course?

Skilled photographers are in high demand with photography needed for websites, social media, promotion and more. On this course, you’ll refine the skills you need to become a top photographer as a freelance or within the creative industries. You’ll be taught in the college photography studios by experienced staff and have the chance of work placements within the industry.

What are The Interview Arrangements?

Group information session followed by one-to-one interview.