Photography - Advanced: HND

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Full Time

2 Years - 2.5 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2024
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Course overview

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce

Karl Lagerfield


Photography is as much about the art of storytelling as it is about the creation of images and on this HND Photography course, your creativity will grow to truly inspire your work.

You will be guided through that process by our team of award-winning Photography lecturers, with impressive career backgrounds and a passion for the craft of Photography.

You will develop your photographic skills to a professional level on this practice-based programme while building a portfolio that will help you launch a photographic career. You will get experience of exhibiting your work and you will take part in industry projects.

You will learn in our bespoke studio spaces and in a professional darkroom.

Check out our Instagram to follow the work of our students, lecturers and exhibitions

Glasgow Kelvin Photography (@gkcphotography) • Instagram photos and videos

What you will learn

A range of units are delivered throughout the course which include:

  • Advanced Image Editing
  • Advertising
  • Alternative Processing
  • Architecture
  • Corporate
  • Creative Industries
  • Documentary
  • Exhibition
  • Fashion
  • Image Editing
  • Moving Image
  • Portraiture
  • Studio Still Life
  • Stock and Photojournalism

The inclusion of the Graded Unit offers students the opportunity to explore their own photographic interests and style.

Take a look at our photography video to hear directly from our students and lecturers

Entry requirements

  • Higher Photography, minimum B grade, plus 2 Nat 5s,including English


  • a relevant group of 15 National Certificate Photographic units3

You must be 16 years or over at the start of the course commencement date.

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL Higher (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment  here at the College.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may be considered with no formal qualifications, if your portfolio is of a sufficient standard.

You should have a keen interest in Photography and the Creative Industries and bring a portfolio of photographic images to an interview (for example, portraits, landscapes and other relevant subject matter)

Career Opportunities

A career in photography can open up opportunities in many industry sectors such as, Commercial Photography, Social Photography, Press & Media, Scientific and Medical Photography.

Your role could be as a self-employed freelance photographer or supporting other professionals as a photographic assistant, photographic lab assistant or training others in the art of photography.

Future prospects

HND Photography offers you progression routes on to degree programmes at a range or organsiations, such as The Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh Napier University.

Real Industry Connections

Our recent students have exhibited work, won national competitions, produced photography for corporate clients, newspapers and magazines as well as the music industry.

Our students have gained employment as Medical Photographers, Photographic assistants, Press Photographers, Picture Editors, Fashion and Commercial Photographers, Social and Wedding Photographers, Community workers, Lecturers, Fine Art Photographers, Digital Retouchers and Studio Owners.

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