Creative Photography: Portraiture

Learn how to take beautiful portrait photographs.


Why take this course?

Portraiture is a very popular subject in the world of photography, whether it is of a person or a group of people, they all display the expressions & personality of the subject. The course will bring your photography, interaction and communication skills up to the level where you will have the confidence to work with an array of subjects.

Throughout the duration of the course you will learn about the essential elements of Portrait Photography through a step-by-step guide which will enhance your level of skill and understanding.

What you will experience

You will learn about a variety of approaches and techniques, and on completion of the course will be confident and capable in your approach to portrait photography. Main topics include:

  • Historical and contemporary photographers
  • Context
  • Portrait styles
  • Lighting techniques
  • Composition
  • Location or studio
  • Presentation of a portfolio
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Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but students must have computer knowledge, keyboard and mouse skills and a sound understanding of MSWindows XP (or later) file management.

It is also recommended that you have completed the Purely Photography (Digital First Steps) and Purely Photoshop (Next Step Image Editing) courses before undertaking this course.

What you will need

It is recommended that students have access to a computer and Adobe Photoshop CS6 or CC out with class time.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
20 April 2020 8 Weeks Monday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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Fraserburgh Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
23 April 2020 8 Weeks Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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Inverurie Learning Centre

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
21 April 2020 10 Weeks Tuesday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm £157.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.