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 you will acquire skills that are commercially relevant for a variety of roles in the photography industry.

Working on your own and with others on live briefs will prepare you equally well for employment or self-employment or for progression to a degree at university. We will support you to become confident in how to manage your time, resources and workflow and encourage you to explore a wide range of photographic techniques. In year 2, you will experiment with alternative processes, work towards an exhibition in a public gallery and produce a significant portfolio (online and print).

  • 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
  • Studio still life
  • Darkroom techniques
  • Photography theory
  • Digital imaging
  • Exhibition photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Advertising photography
  • Image editing
  • Alternative photography processes
  • Fashion photography
  • Stock photography
  • Social and documentary
  • Portraiture
  • Moving image
  • Environmental
  • Corporate

Year 1

A portfolio of photography plus one of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above, ideally including Photography or English plus two National 5s at Grade C or above
  • National Certificate: Photography SCQF Level 6
  • Digital Imaging or Media at SCQF Level 6 and a strong portfolio of 20 images

Year 2

  • HNC: Photography SCQF Level 7
  • Photography degrees at university
  • Advertising agencies
  • Multimedia companies
  • Fashion, commercial, sports, social, medical, scientific, travel
  • Socialmedia, wedding, events
  • Press andjournalism
  • Corporate
  • Freelance photographer
  • Memory cards
  • 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