Photography Higher

What is special about this course?

This is an exciting new part-time course through which you will develop a broad range of practical skills in photography, building and extending your knowledge and understanding of the photographic media, camera techniques and processes. 

The course will be made up of individual bite-size practical and written assignments, group discussions, question and answer sessions, lectures, practical sessions, guest speaker talks, practical field trips and visits to exhibitions.

You will be given plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your photography skills and show imaginative and personal creative responses when photographing a variety of subjects as well as evaluating your own work.

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.

Entry requirements

You will own or have access to a bridge or 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 installed with photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or equivalent.

The course comprises two modules; Image Making and Contextual Imagery.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

How will I be assessed?

The final assessment will comprise the production of a body of photographic work on a theme that you will have considered, designed and planned in agreement with the course lecturer. You will produce a body of photographic work and select twelve final images for submission. This can be presented in a number of ways including website, blog, prints or photobook.
You will produce an evaluation of your practical work which will be done under the observation of the course lecturer. During this process, you will be able to refer to your own pre-prepared sheet of A4 notes and your twelve photographs. You will be given 1½ hours to complete this written evaluation.

Where can I study my course?

  • Auchtertyre
  • Broadford
  • Portree

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How much will my course cost?


What funding can I apply for?

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

After this course, there are a number of other further and higher education courses you can study. Ask us for more information.

Is there more information available online?

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