Photography HND @ SCQF Level 8

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This course is designed to reflect the ever-changing professional photographic industry.

Students are able to spend the majority of their time working on practical projects.

Students undertaking this course have access to an excellent range of camera equipment, studios, film darkroom, digital darkroom and Apple Mac facilities. 

This is a blended course which integrates online and face to face delivery. The course does have a completely online pathway for those who are not able to attend college. Please ensure you discuss this option at your interview if you know you cannot physically attend the college as there will be additional requirements/resources you will need prior to the course start date.

You will be challenged to review your present thinking about photography and to build on that basis by means of practical work, discussion and research. Live briefs and commercial projects are an integral part of the course.




  • 1 year
  • Full Time 2/3 days per week
Independent study time is also required

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of HNC Photography (15 credits)
  • Current college students will require a positive progressing learner reference and core skills development
  • Successful interview 
Portfolio of work
Examples of Creative Work
You will need to submit your examples of creative work prior to your interview. 
Please email with images of your work, a website or Instagram link. 
If you have any technical difficulties, please let us know. 
You can show us work via your webcam during your Teams interview but please let us know in advance if this is how you plan to show your full portfolio. 

Additional Entry Requirements


Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Please remember that you are required to bring a portfolio of work with you to your information and interview session.  This can be a digital copy or prints. Please be prepared to discuss why and how you produced the creative work in your folio.

Reviewing your portfolio will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you at this time.

Applicants who do not bring their portfolio will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

You may be asked to complete a skills test as part of your interview.

Course Content

The programme may include the following units: Architecture, Advertising, Documentary, Fashion, Advanced Image Editing, Moving Image, Stock, Social Photography, Exhibition, Digital Videos for Artists and Designers and Creative Industries an Introduction. The course content is subject to change.

All SQA HN awards conclude with a graded unit. This is your opportunity to shine and complete an independent project that is graded A, B or C pass. Students review their strengths and agree on a set of projects that enable them to concentrate on a specific photographic sector.


Assessments are practical and written.


Successful completion of the full HND Photography course will allow entry into the second or third year of a university degree course in photography or specialist area. 

Career Prospects

Successful students could find employment in a range of photographic careers including self-employment or photographic roles such as advertising, corporate, fashion, press, editorial, curating, picture research, fine art practice etc.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points


  • Engage with industry speakers
  • Take part in a range of relevant workshops
  • Develop technical skills
  • Exhibition visits
  • Location photography
  • Studio and darkroom facilities
  • Be taught by photographers with industry experience
  • Develop skills for employment
  • Exhibit your work
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