NC Photography

This course is designed to develop a foundation in the knowledge and skills required for progression to more advanced levels of study in photography. It is also suitable for those who wish to prepare themselves for initial entry to employment within the photo-imaging sector. Candidates will have opportunities to develop vocational and employability skills relevant for posts such as an assistant photographer or retail assistant.

This programme is designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to develop both creative and technical skills in a variety of traditional and current disciplines that relate to photography and other creative industries. The course is also intended to develop candidates’ levels of awareness and appreciation of the basic technical and creative practices used in a variety of subject specialist areas, together with experience of co-operative working, presentation, exhibition and self promotion skills.

The intention is to provide candidates with a broad foundation of basic photographic skills and experiences. It is a practice based programme of study that will develop candidates’ vocational skills, core skills and soft skills. It will also develop study skills relevant to successful articulation to Higher Education (HE) level study and/or employment at trainee level.

  • Basic digital single reflex camera skills
  • Digital file management
  • Digital file manipulation
  • Digital asset management
  • Basic studio skills both in portraiture and still-life photography
  • Close-up photographic techniques and portfolio production

  • Candidates will have opportunities to develop vocational and employability skills relevant for posts such as an assistant photographer or retail assistant.

  • This course is a pathway to further study.

One of the following:

  • Four National 4 awards (or equivalent) including English
  • Successful completion of a relevant Access to Creative Industries course (SCQF Level 5)
  • Successful completion of the NC Creative Industries (SCQF Level 5)
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications, will be considered

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


Stirling Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6