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Photography Digital Studio Student Taking Photo
Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Year - 2.5 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2023
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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 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.

This one year, full-time course is for you if you want to develop a career in photography or to progress to a related higher education course.

Course Aims

This NQ award has been designed to provide you with a vibrant and creative experience and assist with the development of your photographic skills. The intention is to furnish you with a sufficiently broad base of relevant photographic skills appropriate to either employment as a practicing photographer or alternatively for successful progression on to our HND programme.

We aim to prepare you as fully as possible for life at HND level or in employment.  We believe that it is a fundamental principle that you, as a student, develop your own style, that you can work independently and that your portfolio reflects your ability.

Course Design

The NQ course is a full time course and you will be timetabled 2 ½ days per week. We understand that students have jobs and in order to support their education, we try to timetable accordingly. Our NQ students are usually timetabled Monday, Tuesday, 1/2 day Wednesday, this allows time for a part time work and also reduces travelling costs.

Class sizes are small, usually between 16-18 students, so you have the opportunity to benefit from a close working relationship with our lecturing team here at Kelvin.

What you will learn

Here is an example programme of units studied on the NQ Photography course. You course is split into 3 blocks throughout the year:

Block One

  • Photography: An Introduction (D952 11)
  • Monochrome Processing and Printing (D956 12)
  • Camera Techniques (F51S 12)
  • Portraiture Skills (F51N 11)
  • Introduction to Digital (DOf7 11)

Block Two

  • Photo- Reportage (F8KL 12)
  • Media (F580 11)
  • Portraiture Skills (F51P 12)
  • Portfolio (FR2E 12)  (x2)
  • Basic File Optimisation  (FR2F 12)

Block Three

  • Portfolio (FR2E 12)  (x2)
  • Research (F8KJ 12)
  • Location (D0KR 12)  (x2)
  • Studio (FR2D 12)
  • *( x2 ) double unit


Hear about our Photography courses from students.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however a keen interest in Photography is essential

You will be asked to upload a selection of photography work to support your application. You maybe asked to attend an interview.

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

The majority of students, who successfully complete the course, do go on to study at HND level, which is offered at the Springburn Campus .


Coming to College to study a specific subject can be quite daunting at first but quickly, groups start to merge into cohesive teams, each with its own identity.  This course gives you the opportunity to develop yourself technically, creatively, intellectually and interpersonally.  It will give you a range of transferable skills, which will be invaluable to you at HN level and in employment