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Photography HND

(SCQF level 8)

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    The Higher National Diploma in Photography course at City of Glasgow College is a popular two-year study option for those 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.

    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 and 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 the 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. 

    What do our students think?

    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

    You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    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.
    • Photojournalism.
    • Advertising.
    • Fashion.
    • Documentary.
    • Exhibition.

    After the course


    After successfully completing the 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. This is a two-year course that receives high numbers of applications and entry to it is very competitive. You can also apply for degree level study at another institution.


    How the course is taught

    This course will be delivered through blended learning with demonstrations, lectures and practical acitivities.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome