SCQF Level 9
Broadcast Media & Photography

Course Overview

BA Professional Photography is a unique degree level course designed to test and develop skills in contemporary and commissioned photography. Push your creative potential as you immerse yourself in the art of professional photography and learn the wealth of skills needed to enter this fast-paced and competitive industry. This course is unique in Scotland as it is accredited by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) as well as endorsed by the Association of Photographers. 

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers in state-of-the-art Edinburgh College photography studios using a mix of analogue and high-end digital formats. These will include; green-screen rooms, an infinity wall, dark rooms and a drive-in facility suitable for shooting vehicles, advertising and fashion. There is an equipment store containing a large range of industry standard equipment available for loan including top-of-the-range cameras, lenses and tripods. You will receive guest lectures from the best in the business and opportunities for work experience will be made available. Here you will make essential industry connections for your future career. 

Our ethos is to combine creativity and technical excellence to achieve success in an ever-changing industry. This course is benchmarked by the achievements of our graduates, many of whom are multi-award winners in national and international photography competitions. Some of our most successful graduates work with world-renowned photographers all over the world. Most of our graduates become employed, self-employed or progress on to postgraduate study.


What You Will Learn
  • Major Project
  • Photographic Practice
  • Professional Set Projects
  • Photography Business Strategy
  • Creative Collaboration Project
  • Critical Studies

Entry Requirements
  • HND Photography with an A or B pass in Graded Unit 2 or an international equivalent
  • A portfolio of work
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • This course is assessed by continual assessment through set course modules
  • You will undertake a range of practical assignment briefs and concentrate on developing a body of work that will showcase your creative and technical skills
  • Contribution to individual tutorials, group tutorials and seminars
  • A final developed portfolio of work, written essays and reports

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will attend an interview and bring along a strong portfolio of 25 pieces of photography work

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • BA Honours at a variety of universities
  • Further study at postgraduate level

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

Freelance employment in:

  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Corporate photojournalism
  • Image editing
  • Social and wedding
  • Forensics
  • Picture editing
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Edinburgh College Photography students and alumni captured the imagination of the judges at the country’s top competition for young photographers, winning 18 awards in total.

Marta Drozdz, a BA student at the college’s Sighthill Campus, won the big prize of Student Photographer of the Year for a portfolio of work put together throughout her time at the college. She also won the Gold and Bronze Awards in the Fashion category.

Marta said: “It is the highest accolade a photography student could ever hope to achieve so it’s an incredible honour. There are so many talented photographers on my course alone never mind the rest of Scotland.”

This is the ninth year in a row that Edinburgh College students have returned from the competition with multiple awards. This year’s prize haul included four gold first-places, three silver second-places, five bronze third-places and six merits with HND1, HND2 and BA students all picking awards.

Read more of our student stories here.

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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Antonio Castro - Student Of The Year

​Our Photography programmes cover both digital and traditional film, from introductory level to BA.  You'll have the opportunities to work on live industry projects and we welcome speakers and visits from major companies to give you real industry insights.​

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