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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
You may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help pay for this course.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the cost of learning or training.
You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.
ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers. To find out more or to apply, visit myworldofwork.co.uk
Successful completion of the SQA Higher could lead to progression to the HNC Photography.
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