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Photography HND

(SCQF level 8)

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The Higher National Diploma in Photography course at City of Glasgow College is a popular two-year study option for those people who have already started their photographic experiences through full time or part time courses, such as NC/ NQ Photography, Higher Photography and evening or weekend classes. 

It allows you to expand upon your existing photographic skills and takes you beyond the basics during your first year of study, introducing a range of specialist techniques and genres, which you will probably not have experienced before. During the second year, you will add to your experience, building skills and knowledge while focussing on the areas of the creative industries you might wish to work in after your studies. 

The course is hugely practical, with project work making up a large part of assessments, allowing you to expand upon both your technical and creative knowledge while practicing what you have learned. An important part of your experience will be working independently to complete project work, managing your time and workload, while being supported by a broad range of experienced staff in using a range of photographic equipment within City of Glasgow College’s state of the art facilities.

The HND Photography has been designed to prepare you for a future career in the Creative Industries, providing you with opportunities to meet and learn from practicing professional photographers through our visiting lecturer timetable offering you the chance to experience what it is like to be a working photographer by completing a range of Industry or Live Projects devised by Creative Industry professionals.  Students studying photography at the City of Glasgow College have achieved national recognition, winning prestigious awards from the Association of Photographers and the British Institute of Professional Photography. By engaging fully with this course you could also enjoy such success in the future.

The image used above is by one of our students Dominika Kreft.  The image was winner of the AOP Student awards 2019 People best in category and was shot for one of her projects in year 1.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • NC/NQ in Photography; OR
  • Higher Photography at Grade C or above AND National 5 English at Grade C or above; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience AND
  • A portfolio of your photographic work, both digital and printed.  See our Portfolio Guidelines for advice on your portfolio. 

Additional selection requirements

  • A key part of getting onto this course involves attending an interview with your printed photographic portfolio. This is a short, formal interview with a member of our teaching staff and will involve you talking about your images and answering some basic questions.  A successful interview is an essential part of this process and has been designed to ensure that you are likely to succeed on the course should you be offered a place.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Studio Still Life.
  • Digital Imaging.
  • Image Editing.
  • Theory.
  • Applied Photography.
  • Portraiture.
  • Corporate.
  • Darkroom Techniques.
  • Photojournalism.
  • Advertising.
  • Fashion.
  • Documentary.
  • Exhibition.

After the course


After successfully completing their Higher National Diploma many students decide to enter the Creative Industries in a wide range of job roles and especially as self-employed photographers.

Continuing study

City of Glasgow College offers a further study option in the BA (Hons) Degree course in Photography and some students find that this is an appropriate option for them. This is a two-year course that receives high numbers of applications and entry to it is competitive. You may also apply for degree level study at another institution.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome