This is a highly practical course where your creative photographic techniques will develop along with your technical and practical skillsets. Working in our dedicated photography studios and on location, you will acquire skills that are essential for professional/ commercial success. 

Working on your own and with others on a variety of challenging photography briefs will prepare you equally well for employment or self-employment. This course also prepares you for progression to a degree at university. We will support you to become confident in how to manage your time, resources and photographic workflow and encourage you to explore a wide range of photographic techniques including darkroom/wet process using film and paper.

  • Camera Skills
  • Composition Skills
  • Image Editing Skills
  • Lighting Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Planning, Presenting and Evaluating Skills
  • Teamworking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Ethical Practice
  • Digital File Handling including Metadata
  • Colour Management
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Portfolio and Self-Promotion 
  • Two years full-time
HNC/ HND Year 1 SCQF Level 7
  • Corporate
  • Moving Image
  • Graded Unit
  • Portraiture
  • Image Edit
  • Digital Imaging
  • Studio Still Life
  • Darkroom Techniques
  • Portfolio
  • Theory
  • Documentary

HND Year 2 SCQF Level 8
  • Exhibition
  • Photojournalism
  • Advertising
  • Graded Unit 2
  • Alternative Processes
  • StockSocial
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Advanced Image Editing
  • Landscape
  • Environmental
Year 1
  • 1 Higher at Grade C or above, ideally from: Photography, Art & Design or English, plus 2 National 5s at Grade C or above. (You must have a qualification in English at National 5 as a minimum)
  • Photography Course studied at any college at SCQF Level 6
  • Other relevant qualifications and a portfolio demonstrating knowledge, skills and experience

You will be asked to submit a link to or collection of images (no more than 12) for review by the academic staff, ideally in pdf document format. 
These images should show a range of subjects that you are interested in.
Applicants without the required qualifications will be considered on a portfolio and alternative qualifications basis.

For entry into Year 2

  • HNC: Photography SCQF Level 7 and portfolio (Must achieve 15 credits)

  • Photography degrees at university
  • Self-Employed Photographer
  • Photography Assistant
  • Junior Photographer
  • Image Editor
  • Press/ Social Media photographer
  • Memory cards
  • Ideally you should have your own DSLR camera
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation with your portfolio as part of the application process. 
  • This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise.