Photography Courses at Edinburgh College - Sighthill Campus
BA Professional Photography

BA Professional Photography is a unique degree level course designed to test and develop skills in contemporary and commissioned photography. Push your creative potential as you immerse yourself in the art of professional photography and learn the wealth of skills needed to enter this fast-paced and competitive industry. This course is unique in Scotland as it is accredited by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) as well as endorsed by the Association of Photographers. 

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers in state-of-the-art Edinburgh College photography studios using a mix of analogue and high-end digital formats. These will include; green-screen rooms, an infinity wall, dark rooms and a drive-in facility suitable for shooting vehicles, advertising and fashion. There is an equipment store containing a large range of industry standard equipment available for loan including top-of-the-range cameras, lenses and tripods. You will receive guest lectures from the best in the business and opportunities for work experience will be made available. Here you will make essential industry connections for your future career. 

Our ethos is to combine creativity and technical excellence to achieve success in an ever-changing industry. This course is benchmarked by the achievements of our graduates, many of whom are multi-award winners in national and international photography competitions. Some of our most successful graduates work with world-renowned photographers all over the world. Most of our graduates become employed, self-employed or progress on to postgraduate study. 

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HND Professional Photography

HND Professional Photography at Edinburgh College is a two-year 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.

In addition, HND Photography is an excellent preparation to develop your skills even further in our BA Professional Photography program.

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Photography Foundation

The Foundation Photography course introduces both the technical and creative aspects of photography. Students work from tutor-led briefs and are directed through a creative process. The briefs are pitched at a beginner’s level and include scope to grow both soft and hard skills. Portraiture, Advertising and Photojournalism are just some of the genres covered. Students also plan and produce a bespoke portfolio in respect of their chosen progression. The course culminates in an evening event showcasing each student portfolio.  Friends, family, staff and member of the industry are invited to celebrate the student achievements.

 

This course is often used as a gateway to the Higher Diploma courses.

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Beginners Photography

If you are considering studying photography then this course is an ideal starting point. This course is designed to give students an introduction to Photography.

This course is designed as a basic starter course for those wishing to explore and learn more about photography.  Students will learn the basic use of a camera and what it takes to make successful photographs.

This is a hands-on course where students will learn through practical use of a camera and other photographic equipment both in college and on location. Students will also learn basic photo editing and preparing files for printing. 

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Introduction to Photography - January Start

The Introduction to Photography course develops students’ skills in technical camera functions and operations. There will a brief for students which is based on a mini project where they will work on a visual story, applying the technical knowledge gained through creative image capture and print. Students will learn how to plan, creatively develop and produce a bespoke photo essay in respect of their chosen subject matter.

The course culminates in an exhibition showcasing each students’ portfolio. This course is often used as a gateway to the full-time level 5 or 6 courses.

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Photography Basics

The Basic Photography course introduces both the technical and creative aspects of photography. Students will be taught how to plan, creatively develop and produce a bespoke portfolio in respect of their chosen progression.

Students work from tutor-led briefs and are directed through camera capture to the final image for screen or print. Taught mainly at college in our studios and post-production suites, there will also additional trips out to various locations to make it more exciting.

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