Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


This 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.

Content: 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

2 Highers including English, Art and Design, Photography or a science subject; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6; interview; portfolio of work.

Progression Routes

BA Professional Photography course or other degree.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years


Performing Arts and Photography

SCQF Level