PDA Photography: Moving Image SCQF level 8

Moving image is now a key component of professional photographers' practice.

The Professional Development Award in Photography: Moving Image at SCQF level 8 will allow learners to develop the knowledge and skills to fully exploit the video capabilities of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and related equipment.

The capturing, editing and outputting of images are covered, as is the use of sound.

This qualification is available through colleges. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

Current industry trends and developments in technology mean that there is a need to develop moving-image skills. Across all industries it is standard practice to use moving image as part of a company's online presence, meaning that clients are often requesting that photographers are able to produce both stills and moving image sequences.

The PDA in Moving Image at SCQF level 8 has been developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the sector.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

It can also be offered to people who are in training and who wish to gain employment in the sector.

The unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units are typically 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

The target audience is those in work, or seeking employment, who require a specific skill set in photography and media.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enter this PDA. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. It is recommended that learners should have some experience of working with digital cameras as might be evidenced by achieving units from the National Certificate in Photography at SCQF level 6 or equivalent.

Employment opportunities include roles such as freelance or contract photographer, media production assistant/manager for TV or film, artist, filmmaker, editor, producer, director, camera assistant/operator, director of photography and digital producer.

Learners may have the opportunity to articulate into related degrees such as Moving Image and Sound, Film and Moving Image, Television, Film and Moving Image, Media Production, Cinematography, Film Studies, or Sound Design.

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment will allow candidates to enhance their own practice. The use of reports and projects is crucial to this.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Group award code: GN00 48


The PDA in Moving Image at SCQF level 8 consists of 3 mandatory units.