• Art and Design

    Introduction to Photography and Film Making

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time

  • Start Date

    From 27 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability


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This course is ideal if you’re thinking about a career in either photography or media, but aren’t yet sure which path to take.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in the media
  • Four National 4s or equivalent OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience and a portfolio of your photography, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course gives you a good foundation in capturing and editing both still and moving images. You’ll be taught by award winning photographers, working to high standards and deadlines to help prepare you for the real world.

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

  • In photography, you’ll start with the basics, including technical and creative aspects of using a camera. You’ll then develop skills in photographing people and places, going on location for interior and exterior shots. You’ll learn to enhance and manipulate digital images, developing skills in Photoshop.
  • In media, you’ll look at creating content, from planning and research, through to production. You’ll look in detail at existing media content, analysing how people and events are represented and examining it for discrimination or bias.
  • You’ll develop skills in video camera operating techniques and will shoot your own video material. You’ll also look at video editing and produce a short sequence of film.
  • You’ll develop skills in sound production, producing your own audio files.
  • You’ll look at the visual elements of web content and showcase your own work.

And like all our photography students, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Take part in live briefs, such as providing photography for a local retailer or community projects.
  • Go on trips to photography exhibitions and studios.
  • Display your work in public exhibitions.
  • 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 or make-up artistry, with photography for their portfolios.

This course includes NPA Photography Level 5.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as Photography or Film and Broadcasting
  • Exploring your future career options including: Researcher, Runner, Editorial Assistant, TV/Radio/Film Producer, Video Content Producer, 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, such as Broadcast Production or Filmmaking and Screenwriting at UWS, or media courses at eg Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Stirling, Queen Margaret or Edinburgh Napier Universities; Edinburgh or City of Glasgow College; or Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.


  • 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. Click here to read the blog.
  • Welcome to the real world – students enjoy paid work experience with a local broadcaster. Click here to read the blog.
  • Blood, wolves and a 26 book deal! – HNC student Stephanie Batton bags a publishing contract for her dark fantasy series. Click here to read the blog.

Start Date

27 Aug 2018