Photography and Digital Arts SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Looking to enhance your photography skills, develop a portfolio of work and build-up your digital skills?  

This course will help you to explore the creative potential of your camera and develop both your creative and technical skills using photography. 

The course includes a University of Arts London award and certificate in photography. 

You will learn the creative possibilities of lens and shutter control common to all types of cameras, as well as the technical aspects that are particular to digital cameras – including an introduction to basic video and animation techniques. 
You will learn the basics of lighting in a studio environment and on location by practical demonstration and hands on application. 

You will develop creative and critical thinking skills, gain an appreciation of contemporary photography and learn about the rich history of photography in Scotland. 

The course is suitable for beginners, with digital cameras available for student use. It would benefit anyone wishing to explore the creative potential of their photography practice. More advanced students may benefit from this course in order to refine and practice project based work after an initial recap of the fundamentals.

Entry requirements

School leavers:

  • All applicants will be asked to produce a portfolio to assess their interest and ability.
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative Digital Media, or
  • Create Me: Visual Arts, or
  • UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, or
  • Four National 5 passes at C or above to include Art and Design and English/Communication; or equivalent. 
  • We welcome mature applicants and take into account professional and life experience. 

You will explore photography within a range of contexts.  Learn how to use a digital camera, manage digital files, and gain an insight into printing and postproduction techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Printmaking. This will include development of skills including co-operative working, presentation, exhibition, and self-promotion skills.

You will cover areas such as:

  • Camera Techniques focusing on traditional and alternative
  • Animation and Video
  • Studio photography – Portraiture and Fashion and Makeup
  • Digital Imaging and Print


How will I study my course?

    This course will include regular guest speakers and workshops delivered by practicing photographers from both art and commercial backgrounds.

    The course will be delivered within a real-life context. Project briefs will focus on different genres of photography linking to social issues enabling you to gain an awareness of how photography is used not only as a medium for personal expression but to raise awareness of issues pertinent to society.


    How long will my course last?

    1 Year

    Where can I study my course?

      Start date

      January and August


      For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


      You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

      What can I do on completion of my course?

      This course is designed to develop a foundation in the knowledge and skills required for progression onto the HNC Contemporary Art Practice or HNC Visual Communication. 

      It is also suitable for those who wish to prepare themselves for initial entry to employment within the photo-imaging sector. You will have opportunities to develop vocational and employability skills relevant for posts such as an assistant within photography, digital arts, advertising/promotion, and animation/film making. 



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