SCQF Level 6
Broadcast Media & Photography

Course Overview

Discover a dynamic range of skills and knowledge in basic photography and explore your creative potential through this introductory evening class. The photography department at Edinburgh College offers a fantastic range of dark rooms, studios and digital suites. Here you will use professional and top-of-the-range camera equipment. You will develop your knowledge in the technical aspects of shooting with a Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR), mirrorless and bridge camera. You will learn the use of manual and semi-automatic modes as well as skills in post-production and basic file optimisation. Post-production is an integral part of a studio workflow and will allow progression into further study courses of photography at a higher level. You will also gain the skills needed for an entry level job in the photography industry. 

What You Will Learn

  • Basic Camera Techniques 

  • Shooting with Semi-Automatic and Manual Settings 
  • Post-production using Adobe Camera Raw & Photoshop 
  • Basic Retouching 
  • Print Optimisation

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum three passes at SCQF Level 5 

  • Good understanding of a digital camera 
  • Completion of Digital Photography 1

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through both practical and written assignments 

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • Digital Photography: Studio evening class taught at Edinburgh College 

  • NC Photography offered at Edinburgh College

Career Opportunities
  • Photographers Assistant 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 evening per week for 18 weeks (Thursday evening 6pm - 8.30pm) 

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. 


Start Date and Time


This course will start on…
  • Thursday 02/09/2021
End Date


This course will end on...
  • Thursday 20/01/2022
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