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Performing Arts & Photography

Photography HND

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

HND Professional Photography at Edinburgh College is a two-year course of study designed to prepare you for a career as a professional photographer. The course has been developed to provide you with 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 a 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 new 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 various backgrounds are invited to give you valuable insight into real professional and creative practice.

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

Please see the selection process information below. Should you require any more assistance please contact ronnie.baxter@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.

Examples of past students' work can be found on Edinburgh College Photography.

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

How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed through both practical, written and project-based assignments

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week Delivery in college with 2 Days self-directed study

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

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

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.

Portfolio Guidance 

Your 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”. 

 

Privacy Notice for Performing Arts and Photography Selection

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • BA Professional Photography taught at Edinburgh College

Career options

Freelance employment in: 

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

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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