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Photography NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


If you're interested in learning about photography then an NC Photography course is the perfect starting point. It allows you to develop a wide variety of skills in a range of very hands-on projects, in photographic studios, on location and in a traditional black and white darkroom. You'll have access to new, well-resourced photographic studios and be able to develop your creative ideas using a wide variety of digital and film cameras, lighting equipment and specialist kit under the supervision of experienced and friendly lecturers.

You'll learn, in a very practical way, in workshops designed to give you as much time and support as possible in gaining lots of useful skills. As your course progresses you'll have opportunities to work on photographic projects with other student groups across Scotland’s largest college as well as with classmates, gaining valuable experience for future study and work and most importantly a strong personal portfolio. You'll also be encouraged to participate in national competitions and you'll show your work in the College showcase exhibition at the end of your studies.

The course is designed to not only teach you useful skills but also to prepare you for the next step in your photographic career. On successful completion of this course, the majority of students go on to study photography at Higher National Diploma level. Whatever your future direction photography tutors will help you in finding and succeeding in your next step.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English and a design/creative subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • You'll be asked to provide printed examples of your photography work.  See our Portfolio Guidelines for advice on your portfolio.

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:

  • Composition.
  • Creative Camera Techniques.
  • Image Manipulation.
  • Darkroom.
  • Magnified Image.
  • Product.
  • Moving Image.
  • Enterprise.

This course focuses on combining your creative ideas with technical skills. So you'll be researching, developing and bringing ideas to life, and experimenting with your camera and image manipulation techniques. You'll gain a thorough understanding of photography as a process from idea, to shooting, to manipulation and finished print. 

After the course


You can go on to use your completed portfolio from this course to apply for HND Photography at our college.


How the course is taught

This course is taught through practical workshops and projects which cover all the requirements of your NQ course. 

Assessment methods

You'll be supported and assessed throughout the year, with an emphasis on a portfolio submission.

Additional Information


Most NQ students will receive a bursary to support their studies. This includes some materials to assist you which can include a portfolio box, print vouchers and some black and white materials.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome