Photography Higher

What is special about this course?

This course will encourage you to be inspired and challenged by visually representing your personal thoughts and ideas through the medium of photography. Using an integrated approach to learning, you will plan, develop and produce imaginative photographs.

You will also develop your appreciation of photographic work and practice. The skills that you acquire will be valuable for learning, life and work. The course will allow you to broaden and deepen your skills base, and to widen your horizons regarding a range of vocations.

Entry requirements

Entry to this course is at the discretion of the college. However, students would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • Relevant Photography Units (National 5 and above)
  • National 5 Art and Design course or relevant component Units

The course consists of the following two units which are internally assessed, and an additional course project which is externally assessed by SQA.

  • Photography: Image Making H4KT 76
  • Photography: Contextual Imagery H4KV 76

The aims of the course are for you to:

  • Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using photography
  • Develop technical and creative skills in using photographic media, techniques and processes
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of a range of photography practice
  • Develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice
  • Analyse the impact of social and cultural influences on photographers and their work
  • Become a critically self-reflective autonomous learner

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

Most classes will be carried out in the learning centre, although some local field trips will be included to take advantage of opportunities for photography in a range of locations.  Travel will be minimal and arranged amongst the group.

How long will my course last?

160 Hours

Completion of the course will require approximately 160 hours of study, through a combination of taught classes and self-study.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

The course will start in August or September of each year.  Please contact your local centre for more details on precise dates.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


What can I do on completion of my course?

This course may provide progression to other qualifications in Photography, Art and Design or related areas, or to further study, employment and/or training in other subject areas.

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Apply for Photography Higher

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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