Photography HNC

UCAS code 146W

What is special about this course?

The HNC Photography is designed with flexibility at its heart, to meet the needs of a vibrant photographic employment market, either in self-employment, or working for a business.

The broad ranging units cover different photographic styles; from studio and environmental portraiture, studio still-life, social photography, stock, corporate and library photography, to shooting images in the environment.

You will gain a strong foundation in a range of photographic disciplines, both studio- or location-based, that will make you technically competent, while developing your style and creative flair alongside ICT and research skills.

Special features

  • Delivered part-time over two years to meet the needs of a diverse photographic employment market
  • Broad mix of units provide a strong grounding in a range of photographic disciplines, both studio-based and location-based
  • Allows the opportunity to develop your style and creative flair

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NC Photography
  • We will consider individual competence in photographic-based skills, evidenced by a portfolio of at least ten photographs (this can be an electronic or paper-based folio) and you will be required to attend an interview.
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply.

Year 1 - HNC

Units include:

  • Photographic theory
  • Portraiture
  • Image editing
  • Studio still life
  • Graded photography unit

Year 2 - HNC

  • Corporate photography
  • Environmental photography
  • Social photography
  • Stock photography

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time (Structured)

You will learn through a mixture of taught sessions and tutorials, alongside self-directed study/photography time.

You will require a DSLR camera and lenses and will also be required to purchase several A4 journals (approx. £5 to £10 each) and all other sundry stationery, USB drives, memory cards and other small photographic accessories. The purchase of several key texts will also be required.

How long will my course last?

2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • West Highland College UHI - Broadford

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Part-time (per HN credit)* £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to become a freelance photographer working in a broad range of photographic genres and disciplines, as well as being an able candidate for photographic jobs in business.

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to the second year of an HND in Photography at another institution. In some cases, particularly in the case of mature students, successful completion of the HND with an overall Distinction profile and a first-class portfolio to match, could lead to entry to a BA in Photography.

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Apply for Photography HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.