At least 2 course passes at National 5, or a portfolio of suitable work.
Introduction (SCQF Level 5)
If you wish to gain the essential skills of using image capturing techniques by using digital cameras and your smart phone camera this course will allow you to get started.
You will experience making effective use of your camera and devices for capturing images. Learn more about the potential of the equipment and how to apply this to indoor and outdoor settings.
You will experience projects which introduce you to a wide range of potential topics for photography and also learn about the theory of this subject.
An element of History and Contemporary studies of photography applied by established photographers will be included so you can be inspired by their practice.
This half year course will prepare you to move onto more advanced levels of study. Please note: This course will start in February 2022.
At least 2 course passes at National 5, or a portfolio of suitable work.
Materials required will be advised at interview.
If you are studying a full-time non-advanced course (below HNC level), you may be entitled to funding.
NESCol can provide extra support to students who have additional support needs, including:
This course is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme. This means that you are required to have access to your own laptop computer, netbook or similar device in class each day that you are in college.
This may be funded or part-funded by a bursary, if you are eligible to receive one.
Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.
Successful completion of this course could lead to further study in Photography, or other level 6 courses – subject to relevant experience and previous qualifications.
With further studies, students could gain employment as
“The course provides you the skills to communicate whatever it is that you’re trying to sell. It’s been fantastic. It gives you a really supportive environment – especially if you are coming back into the world of education from work. That’s the route that I took and it’s been really fantastic in that regard. But if you’re a school leaver as well, College gives you practical skills alongside the theory that you’re learning, so even if you decide not to go to uni, you’ve got those skills there and you can utilise them to go into work. It’s really, really valuable in that way.”
“The lecturers are industry experienced and maintain a high standard which really gives you that extra push you need as a school leaver. My lecturers went above and beyond to help me in any way they could and I know that they still would today.”
“I would 100% recommend NESCol. First and foremost for the obvious academic reasons and achieving a qualification. But also for being a stepping stone to lead to other opportunities, professionally and personally. It’s an environment where you’re supported and encouraged to make your own success. With the right attitude and the help of the staff and your peers, you can make that happen. “
“The lecturers have got such diverse photography experience and they love sharing their own experience and work they’ve done… We really get a chance to sample all aspects of photography at NESCol. I also really like the facilities. The college has got their own studios, they’ve got so much different equipment, and they’ve got a dark room. So I get to experience all those things without buying the equipment.”
“I was so nervous about starting College and felt uncertain about my abilities but NESCol completely changed that. I loved the course, learned so much from my lecturers and it gave me a new found confidence. It’s not easy at times being a busy Mum and juggling study but I have proven I can do it. When I started at NESCol I would never have believed I’d end up studying at a prestigious art school and firmly believe that my time at College has given me an advantage in coping with the demands of a degree. I’d say to any parents out there who feel they want a second chance at education to go for it and grab the opportunity with both hands, it really can change your life. “
“If it wasn’t for College I wouldn’t have the confidence that I have now to market myself as an actor. I am the product so it’s a different kind of confidence that, I think, you need for yourself. College was definitely the first stepping stone for me – to take charge of my own career, to take the lead, make my own decisions with support and guidance from my tutors.”
“I am really enjoying experimenting with mixed media especially textiles”
“I had a fantastic experience at college, I would return tomorrow if I could. The best thing for me was the support. The lecturers are fantastic.”
“The lecturers are genuine professionals and have endless experience within the industry. They also come from quite impressive backgrounds which is inspiring. Also, I must say, the college doesn’t hold back when it comes to buying the best equipment – it’s actually as good as the equipment I work with now.”
“I will always cherish my time at North East Scotland College. Over two years I was introduced to the key skills behind the production of Film and Television; skills that I still use and value to this day, such as camera operation and video editing. We received great mentorship from our lecturers, all of whom were experienced in their field and highly knowledgeable. The course really encouraged your creativity, getting to create short films, music videos and even a multi-camera live show, on a weekly basis. It was a lot of fun.”
Please note: Course delivery – in response to Covid -19, courses may be delivered through a blend of campus-based classes and/or remote learning. Please check at time of booking. All classroom environments follow strict government social distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and visitors.
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