SCQF Level 5
Broadcast Media & Photography

Course Overview
Discover a dynamic range of skills and knowledge in portraiture through this evening class. The course will run for 18-weeks and is designed to introduce you to photographic portraiture techniques and test your creative potential. You will learn how to control lighting conditions and develop your skills when using camera equipment in order to achieve your desired effect. Edinburgh College offers a fantastic range of dark rooms, studios and digital suites. Here you will use professional and top-of-the-range camera equipment. Explore the art of photography as you gain a basic understanding of studio equipment and there uses. This will include learning different portrait styles and studio lighting set-ups. The course will also include the use of post-production programmes such as Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. These programmes are an integral part of the digital workflow. You will have access to Mac labs and photography studios which will replicate what it is like to work in the industry.
What You Will Learn
  • Studio Portraiture Skills
  • Social Portraiture Skills
  • Studio Portrait Lighting Techniques
  • Post-production using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop

Entry Requirements
  • Three passes at SCQF Level 5 
  • Basic digital photography skills
  • A good understanding of a digital camera 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5

How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed on both practical and written work assignments 

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • NPA, NC or HND Photography  
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Career Opportunities
  • Photography assistant 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 evening per week (Tuesday 6pm-8.30pm) for 18-weeks  
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Edinburgh College Photography students and alumni captured the imagination of the judges at the country’s top competition for young photographers, winning 18 awards in total. 

Marta Drozdz, a BA student at the college’s Sighthill Campus, won the big prize of Student Photographer of the Year for a portfolio of work put together throughout her time at the college. She also won the Gold and Bronze Awards in the Fashion category. 

Marta said: “It is the highest accolade a photography student could ever hope to achieve so it’s an incredible honour. There are so many talented photographers on my course alone never mind the rest of Scotland.” 

This is the ninth year in a row that Edinburgh College students have returned from the competition with multiple awards. This year’s prize haul included four gold first-places, three silver second-places, five bronze third-places and six merits with HND1, HND2 and BA students all picking awards. 
Start Date and Time


This course will start on…
  • Tuesday 01/09/2020
End Date


This course will end on...
  • Tuesday 19/01/2021
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