Forth Valley College


Stirling Campus


Unlock your pathway to a thriving photography career with our HND Course, designed to equip students with the essential skills. Under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced staff, students will master both practical and theoretical aspects, laying the foundation for a successful career in photography across various contexts.

Nestled in the stunning riverside setting of Forth Valley College's Stirling Campus, students will find inspiration and expert guidance to delve into photography and image manipulation techniques tailored for the digital age. The course emphasises enhancing theoretical knowledge and presentation skills.

Students will build a diverse portfolio, exploring social, corporate, documentary photography, and photo-journalism. Gain hands-on experience working on location and with photographic studio flash equipment, ensuring a well-rounded skill set for a dynamic photography career.

Content includes:
Photography: Theory; Portraiture; Image Editing; Studio Still Life; Documentary; Graded Unit 1; Art and Design: Context; Art and Design: Creative Process; Digital Imaging; Art and Design: DTP and Layout; Photography: Moving Image; Social Photography; Creative Industries: An Introduction; Photography: Exhibition; Photojournalism; Photography: Advertising; Corporate; Photography: Graded Unit 2; Digital Video for Artists and Designers; Landscape Photography; Photography: Advanced Image Editing; Preparing to Start a Business.

*Units subject to change

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, including Art and Design or Photography, English preferred plus National 5 English (if not held at Higher), or Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media plus Higher Art, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. A digital portfolio of work must be submitted prior to interview.

Progression Routes

Entry to the 3rd year of a relevant degree.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years


Creative Industries

SCQF Level