• Art and Design

    HND Photography

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 27 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability


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This course further develops your skills for a successful career as a professional photographer.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • An HNC Photography (with a minimum of 15 credits)
  • An interview with us
  • A portfolio of your work

What's Involved

This course builds on the HNC. It’s mainly project based, with some underpinning theory.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll develop skills in shooting architecture, both historical and contemporary, and will go on location for interior and exterior subject material.
  • You’ll develop your skills in fashion photography, learning techniques for studio, location and editorial shoots.
  • You’ll develop skills in producing images for advertising, focusing particularly on product photography.
  • You’ll look at photojournalism for newspapers and magazines, and work to briefs to produce your own photojournalistic images.
  • You’ll develop skills in digital video, learning to capture, edit and produce digital video material for an art or design project.
  • You’ll extend your skills in image editing, learning advanced concepts and techniques to enhance your final images.
  • You’ll look at what’s involved in starting a business, with the chance to work with Bridge 2 Business and engage with relevant role models.

You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in live briefs, such as providing photography for a local retailer or community projects.
  • Organise and participate in a class exhibition.
  • Display your work in external exhibitions, such as the Dick Institute.
  • Go on industry trips, such as Loxley Colour Lab in Glasgow.
  • Enter competitions judged by professional photographers.
  • Hear top tips from guest speakers who work in professional photography.
  • Take part in internal and external events such as the Fashion Show, weddings and employer dinners.
  • Work with other creative students, such as hair, beauty or make-up artistry students, with photography for their portfolios.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Setting up your own photography business.
  • Exploring your future career options including: Social Photographer, Portrait Photographer, Press Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Corporate Photographer or Photo Editor.

With additional qualifications, you may be able to progress to a degree programme in photography at e.g. Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art at Aberdeen, City of Glasgow College or Edinburgh College.


  • Snapped up - student’s enthusiasm for learning leads to work experience with a pro. Click here to read the blog.
  • Skills on show - creative students put on dazzling display of talent at End of Year Show. Click here to read the blog.
  • Find out what it’s really like - Student of the Year Karen Kerr shares her experience of studying Photography at Ayrshire College and her plans for what to do next. Click here to read the blog.
  • Success on a global scale - photography lecturer honoured at international awards. Click here to read the blog.

Start Date

27 Aug 2018