SCQF Level 6
Broadcast Media & Photography

Course Overview

The Foundation Photography course introduces both the technical and creative aspects of photography. Students work from tutor-led briefs and are directed through a creative process. The briefs are pitched at a beginner’s level and include scope to grow both soft and hard skills. Portraiture, Advertising and Photojournalism are just some of the genres covered. Students also plan and produce a bespoke portfolio in respect of their chosen progression. The course culminates in an evening event showcasing each student portfolio.  Friends, family, staff and member of the industry are invited to celebrate the student achievements. This course is often used as a gateway to the Higher Diploma courses.  

Please see selection process information below.  Should you require anymore assistance please contact  

What You Will Learn
  • Basic Camera operations
  • Portfolio Prep.
  • Photographic Composition
  • Intro to Creative Process
  • History of Photography
  • Intro to Location Flash
  • Intro to Theory
  • Print Presentation
  • Photography: Portraiture Skill
  • Research Project
  • Reportage
  • Studio Photography: An Introduction
  • Portfolio Production
  • Digital Photography: Basic File Optimisation
  • Digital Photography: Image Manipulation and Print
  • Digital Workflow and Creative Manipulation
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum of three passes at SCQF Level 5
  • A strong creative portfolio
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through both practical, written and project-based assignments
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

Please send your portfolio of 10 digital images and a written personal statement using the digital file transfer link: 

Please add the portfolio link to your application

Portfolio Guidance 

Your digital portfolio should be a selection of 10 of your images that: 

  • Illustrate a range of basic camera techniques.  
  • Showcase your current skills 
  • Avoid duplicity in your selection
  • Images may be colour or black & white

. “Please add your portfolio link to your application”

Written Personal Guidance 

Simply copy and paste your personal statement made in your original application. Use Microsoft Word and name your file “yourname.docx”.

Please email  if you need further assistance.

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Progression And Articulation Routes
  • HND Photography 
Career Opportunities
  • Camera assistant
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.

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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