Dumfries and Galloway College


Dumfries Campus


The National Certificate in Photography course includes the SQA National Certificate (NC) in Photography at SCQF level 6. Applicants should have some degree of aptitude for, and a genuine interest in, photography that can be nurtured and developed over the course of the programme. This course is suitable for school leavers or individuals wanting to re-skill, re-train, widen or enhance their current skills.

The programme provides a broad foundation of photographic skills and experiences relating to studio and location photography using digital, film and traditional media. The programme also develops experience of co-operative working, presentation, exhibition and self-promotion skills that may provide initial entry to employment within the photo-imaging sector or enhance current skills in the workplace.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5, preferably including English and Art and Design; or Foundation Studies in Creative Industries. Interview and portfolio of work.

Progression Routes

HNC Photography

Start Date




Study Method

Blended learning
Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

1 year


Creative Industries

SCQF Level


Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display