(One year course designed to articulate with HND Photography)
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This one-year course has been designed to build and expand on the knowledge and technical skills gained during an HND in photography.Projects undertaken will test the intellectual and creative application of ideas. You will be introduced to new business concepts to develop your abilities in team and individual projects.

A contextual studies programme, which provides a strong theoretical and cultural framework to support commercial practice, underpins this course.You also have the opportunity to take elective modules that allow articulation to BA (Hons) Communication Design, to specialise in the photography pathway.


After completing the course, students have gone on to start new photographic businesses and gain employment both locally and nationally within the creative industries.

Students have re-located to London to work with major fashion photographers, whilst others have set up new magazines. Graduates have also gone on to work within education as technicians and lecturers, and a percentage of students have now articulated to the BA (Hons) Communication Design (Photography) course at Gray’s.




The course is taught collaboratively by Gray’s School of Art, North East Scotland College and Aberdeen Business School and is an innovative approach to course design and the integration of business and creative practices.

• Commercial practice modules enable you to choose elective projects to develop a studio and location-oriented portfolio based on a commercial client.

• The Final Major Project, which is a substantial body of image based work within a specialist area of your choosing, offers the opportunity to control and focus the direction of your work within a commercial setting.

• Critical and contextual studies will support the understanding of photography’s historical and economic dimensions, by exploring the work of key practitioners.

• Business start up and entrepreneurship modules in the creative industries will develop the necessary awareness and skills to support business development ideas.

Facilities and Support

• At North East Scotland College there is bookable studio space available on taught days.

• Photographic Studio space is also bookable at Gray’s, as well as access to the computer labs.

• The Guest@Grays lecture programme invites national and international artists and designers to speak about their work. This enables you to understand broader creative practice themes within the creative economy.

• Students have the opportunity to take elective modules that will allow articulation to BA (Hons) Communication Design (Photography).

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