• August
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  • HND (SCQF Level 8)


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Intro to the course:

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 qualification reflects the changes in digital imaging technology and embeds the complex skillset required to meet the needs of the creative industries and within the commercial and scientific community in Scotland. The course combines the traditional skills of image making with an ever changing digital environment and the demands of employers for a technologically aware and flexible workforce.

HND (SCQF Level 8)

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Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop their career in photography. It will suit school leavers, adult returners to education or those in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects.

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.

Where can this course lead?

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

What are the 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 
  • Foundation apprenticeship in a relevant subject 
  • Equivalent recognised qualification 
  • Relevant work experience 
  • 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
  • Direct entry to second year requires an HNC in Photography, with a minimum of 14 credits and an A/B in Graded Unit 1 You will be required to submit a portfolio of recent work and own or have the use of a DSLR camera for duration of the course

What are the interview arrangements?

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

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

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