BA (Hons) Professional Photography
Campus Sighthill Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 10
Study mode Full time
Duration 41 weeks
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Our BA (Hons) Professional Photography one-year top-up degree is unique to Scotland. It is delivered in only one academic year and is open to applications who are progressing from a two-year HND in Photography. The degree is taught at Edinburgh College and validated by Kingston University London.
FUTURE SKILLS embedded in the course curriculum will play a role in shaping you to become a future-proof graduate. The course is designed to enable you to further develop your skills in contemporary and commissioned photography, preparing you for a future career within the Creative Industries.
This course is industry-linked and holds accreditation by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and is endorsed by the Association of Photographers (AOP).
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers in state-of-the-art Edinburgh College photography studios including a drive-in facility suitable for shooting vehicles, advertising, and fashion. The equipment store contains an extensive range of industry-standard equipment available for loan including top-of-the-range cameras, lenses, and lighting. In-house color-managed printing is available from our new Focal Point, a purpose-built digital printing and retouching lab. Studios and printing can be booked online. You will receive guest lectures from professionals in the industry and attend our Creative and Tech Futures Day, here you will make essential industry connections for your future career.
This course is benchmarked by the achievements of our graduates, many of whom are multi-award winners in national and international photography competitions. Our successful graduates become employed, self-employed or progress on to postgraduate study.
Examples of past students' work can be found on Edinburgh College Photography
What you will learn
- Final Major Project: Module Leader, Jon Lee
- Photography in Context: Module Leader, Raymond Keith
- Professional Futures: Module Leader, Alan McCredie
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
Number of days per week
- 3 days per week
- HND Photography with an A or B pass in Graded Unit 2 or an international equivalent
- A portfolio of work
- A successful interview
Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements
Portfolio Submission Instructions 2024
Instructions of how to send a digital portfolio and personal statement will be sent out to you when you have completed and sent in your application. It is important to complete the application as soon as possible so interview dates can be arranged.
Your digital portfolio should be a selection of 15 of your most creative photographic work which reflects your intended specialism i.e., fashion, advertising, photojournalism, documentary etc., and/or images from personal projects.
These images can come from individual Units and/or work made from Graded Unit 2. 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.
Personal Statement Guidance
You must submit along with your portfolio a short and concise statement (Word doc – one side of A4 only) that outlines:
- What specialism of photography do you intend to further develop on the BA (Hons) course?
- Your approach to making photographic work
- How you will contribute to it
- Your ambitions for your photography
- References to photographers and artists that provide inspiration
- Why this Edinburgh College course will benefit you
Should you require any assistance please contact course leader email@example.com
Upload portfolio submission and personal statement before Friday 1st March 2024.
English Proficiency requirements
English Proficiency Requirements IELTS 6.0 is required if English is not your first language. Further information regarding IELTS levels and certification is available from our admissions team
Progression and Articulation Routes
- Further study at postgraduate level
Freelance employment in:
- Fashion photographer
- Advertising photographer
- Corporate photographer
- Documentary photographer
- Photojournalist photographer
- Forensics / Medical photographer
- Image editing/retoucher
- Assisting / Digi Tech
- Photographic production
- Picture Editor
Funding & Fees
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