Photography SCQF Level 8

Make the most of our excellent facilities and gain advanced skills within a photographic specialism.


Why take this course?

This course allows you to make the most of our excellent facilities and gain advanced skills within a photographic specialism.

The course is specifically designed so that students can build the knowledge, understanding and practical skills needed for progressing to employment, or for academic progression to university.

What you will experience

You will build on your existing skills, and gain extensive practical experience in many different types of photography, including fashion, studio still life, portraiture and social photography. You will learn how to execute still life, portraiture and social photography, how to effectively use a darkroom and how to manipulate and edit your images.

You will also study important factors in modern-day photography such as photojournalism, advertising and moving image – essential in preparing you for future success in a vast range of exciting industries worldwide.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants require a minimum of two passes at Higher level, ideally including English, Art or Photography.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media will be considered equivalent to a subject related Higher. The additional Higher required for entry does not require to be subject related.

Alternatively applicants should have an NC qualification at SCQF Level 6 in a related subject area, e.g. Photography SCQF Level 6 or relevant work experience.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you will need

You will have to provide your own A3 workbooks and backup storage device. You may also wish to have an A3 portfolio case for storing/carrying your work.

What you need to know

Additional costs

Photo printing is done onsite at reduced rates for photography students.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Career opportunities are available in advertising, photojournalism, sports, fashion, commercial photography and more – not just in the UK, but all over the world. Many will also choose to set up their own business. Typical jobs include: 

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Press Photographer
  • Sports Photographer

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.