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Photography (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This highly competitive course provides you with the skills you need to start a career in photography or a related area within the creative industries. This is a practice-based course with projects both in the studio and on location. Alongside technical skills, you're encouraged to work on self-reflection and evaluation through class feedback sessions.

You will have an opportunity to work independently on self-initiated projects and to develop your own photographic ideas and briefs.

With a broad range of experienced staff on hand and industry-standard facilities, this course is an excellent opportunity for those with a keen interest in photography, who want to develop that interest through full-time study.

You will continually update your photographic portfolio showcasing your most recent work throughout the course.

This course is assessed using a project-based folio approach, you will work on live briefs and a range of challenging industry appropriate briefs to complete each assessment. 

You should have an HNC or 1st Year HND certificate and should be equipped with the skills needed for 2nd year HND study.

Industry links are excellent and form an important element to the course - you will work collaboratively on a range of external projects designed to enhance your professional skills.

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

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • HNC in Photography OR
  • First-year of HND Photography.

Additional selection requirements

  • Candidates meeting the entry requirements will be invited for an interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject. At the interview, you'll be asked to provide a strong photographic portfolio of printed work.

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

  • Advanced Image Editing.
  • Work Placement.
  • Social Photography.
  • Stock Photography.
  • Photojournalism.
  • Advertising.
  • Fashion.
  • Documentary.
  • Exhibition.
  • Graded Project 2.

After the course


With an HND in photography, you'll be prepared for a position in the highly competitive creative and media sector including advertising, commercial, press and photojournalism, fashion, sports, social, medical, scientific, throughout the UK and worldwide.

Continuing Study

On successful completion of your HND, you may apply for the third year of the BA (Hons) Photography degree course offered at the college, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland. You may also apply for degree-level study at other institutions.


How the course is taught

This course is taught using a practical project led delivery.  The course is divided into 3 portfolio submissions where a range of projects and challenging briefs are delivered. You will be given the autonomy to self-manage your time to prioritise projects in studio and location.  A wide range of industry specialists take part in the course to share their expert advice and valuable career experiences.

Contextual studies play an important role in the course as you are exposed to a wide range of practitioners and photographic styles.   Collaboration and live briefs are integral to the course delivery and you are encouraged to expand your skills through these experiences.

Additional Information


You will be advised about the materials required. 

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