This course leads to a National Progression Award in Photography at SCQF level 5.

During the course you will learn a range of photography skills, techniques and digital editing processes in order to develop your creativity and technical skills. The course also enables you to understand photographic work to a more in-depth level, to evaluate your own work and the work of others.





1 year
3 hours a week in class
1 hour a week directed study 
Independant study may also be required

Entry Requirements

  • Some examples of creative work
  • Successful interview
  • You may be asked to complete a skills task as part of your interview
  • A keen interest in creative 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

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

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 examples of creative work with you, this could be video (max 1 minute), photography, drawings or any other creative work.


Course Content

  • You will have the opportunity to develop and create photographs using a range of media and techniques
  • You will be able to develop both your creative and technical skills
  • You will develop your understanding of photography through evaluating your own and the work of others
  • You will have the opportunity to plan and to take photographs in a variety of different locations, developing both creative and technical skills

Course content is subject to change


Assessments are practical and written.


The course includes an NPA award. There will be progression opportunities into creative industries subjects such as Photography and Visual Communication (Graphic Design with Moving Image).

Career Prospects

The course is designed to provide an option for further study in Graphic Design with Moving Image, Photography or Art and Design. Candidates can use the NPA to progress further in the field of photography and other related industries.

Further study could then lead to employment in a range of careers including self-employment, animation, web design, advertising, graphic design, film, TV, photographic roles such as advertising, corporate, fashion, press, editorial etc.

Additional funding information


Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson

Selling Points

  • Experiment with different disciplines
  • Find your niche subject/s
  • Start to discover your creative style