What is special about this course?
This is an exciting part-time course providing you with opportunities to develop a broad range of theoretical, practical and technical skills in photography. You will also learn about the history and art of photography and apply knowledge gained in the creation of your own photographs on a range of themes.
You will own or have access to a DSLR camera and be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of controlling the camera and its functions to produce well-exposed, focused and composed images. You will also be computer-literate and have access to a computer, ideally installed with Adobe Photoshop Elements or equivalent.
During the course you will learn about the history and art of photography as well as gaining technical and creative skills in order to produce photographs to a given theme and in different styles and genres.
You will maintain a journal throughout the course which will be used for recording notes, ideas, sketches, plans, test photos, technical details, postcards, magazine/newspaper cuttings and inspirational images from the photographic media – both historical and contemporary.
How will I study my course?
- Part Time
This is a part-time course with one three-hour session per week. You will also be expected to undertake three hours of self-directed study per week.
The course is offered on a Monday evening at Portree College Centre and on a Tuesday evening at Broadford College Centre.
How long will my course last?
The course lasts for one academic year – September to May – either on a Monday evening 18.00 – 21.00 (Portree) or Tuesday evening 18.00 – 21.00 (Broadford)
How will I be assessed?
There are two assessed elements to the course:
The Photography Project (77%) is where you will devise and plan your own theme, in liaison with the course tutor, and produce a body of photographs alongside detailed research on related photographers as well as including all your planning and supporting documentation.
The one-hour Question Paper (23%) will comprise multiple choice questions and two extended response questions.
Where can I study my course?
You will need a DSLR camera and advice and guidance on types and likely costs will be provided at the start of the course. You will also need to buy an A4 journal (approx £10) and an A3 journal for the final project. (approx £15-20)
A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.
This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.
You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.
Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Successful completion of the SQA Higher could lead to progression to the HNC Photography.
Is there more information available online?
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