SCQF Level 8
Broadcast Media & Photography

Course Overview

HND Professional Photography at Edinburgh College is a two-year course of study designed to prepare students for a career as a professional photographer. The course has been developed to provide you with a broad-based creative and commercially relevant experience. The department also offers access to a fantastic range of fully equipped studios, digital suits and printing facilities.

The emphasis throughout the year is on professional attitude, working to deadlines, attention to detail and the desire to satisfy the demands of the client. You will be asked to fulfil varied photographic briefs - developing fresh and original creative image solutions, coupled with developing essential self-motivated study, research skills and reflective practice.

You'll be taught by practising photographers with a wealth of experience and knowledge across the industry. In addition, guest lecturers from a variety of backgrounds are invited to give you valuable insight into real professional and creative practice.

In addition, HND Photography is an excellent preparation to develop your skills even further in our BA Professional Photography program.

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

What You Will Learn
  • Theory of Photography
  • Portraiture
  • Studio Still Life
  • Image Editing
  • Social Photography
  • Corporate Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Art and Design Context
  • Photojournalism
  • Advertising
  • Exhibition
  • Environment
  • Fashion
  • Documentary
  • Work Experience
  • Moving Image
Entry Requirements
  • Two Highers which must include Photography, English, Art or a Science 
  • NC Photography / Digital Imaging at SCQF Level 6 
  • Those without qualifications will e considered on relevant industry experience and their portfolio
  • A strong Creative portfolio is needed for all applications
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 in a portfolio of 10 digital images and a written personal statement. 

It is important you name your files “yourname_image1.jpg”, “yourname_image2.jpg” etc. as we will be receiving many files and need to keep track of them.  

Images to be sent will be 300ppi and saved as jpg. 

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

“Please add your portfolio link to your application”

Portfolio Guidance 

Your digital portfolio should be a selection of 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 

Any interim decisions based on your portfolio may result in an offer either to HND1 Photography, Foundation Photography or any other suitable level course. 

When formal interviews are possible any offers made may change. 

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 submit your digital portfolio and statement as soon as possible. 

We will be reviewing all work as soon as received and be making interim decisions based on this.  

If you have any issues with access to IT for any of the above please feel free to email – HN1 Tutor

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Progression And Articulation Routes
  • BA Professional Photography taught at Edinburgh College
Career Opportunities

Freelance employment in: 

  • Fashion advertising 
  • Corporate image manipulation 
  • Social and wedding forensics 
  • Photojournalism   
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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