HND Photography candidate information

HND PhotographyThe HND Photography is designed to provide a programme of study for people who are interested in working, or already working, in photography. It would enable you to achieve a recognised qualification.


You will: develop an understanding of historical and /or contemporary practitioners in the subject areas; gain knowledge of different aesthetic and technical approaches from a variety of subjects and enable you to adopt a comprehensive approach; develop an understanding of Colour Management; gain knowledge and understanding of digital imaging techniques; develop an understanding of professional practices in the workplace, enabling you to select an individual route towards career progression. You will increase your awareness of the creative process and of visual language.

The course will allow you to develop an open-minded, critical and evaluative approach to study. You will also develop your investigation and research skills; gain knowledge and understanding of different research methods, presentation techniques; and develop your personal effectiveness.

Employment and progression opportunities

On completion you would have employment opportunities in: commercial photography; social photography; scientific and medical photography; press and journalism; television and film production; multimedia production; publishing; design agencies; print, processing and post-production facilities; and advertising.

You will be able to progress into the second year of many degree courses some universities allow entry into third year. If you do intend applying for a place on a degree course, the Art & Design Context Unit is recommended.

Achieving the HND Photography may allow you to enter into the British Institute of Professional Photography Professional Qualifying Exam.


Access is at the discretion of the centre but, given the demands of the programme, it is advisable that you can demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following:

  • SQA National Units and courses in appropriate subjects at Higher level
  • Specialisms appropriate to the HNC Photography evidenced by appropriate qualification
  • GCE A levels in appropriate subjects
  • Specialisms appropriate to HNC Photography evidenced by appropriate qualifications or work experience