Tam Hetherton and Presenters Knightswood
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

This HND Digital Film and Television course has been awarded the ScreenSkills quality mark indicating those courses, which are best suited to prepare you for a career in the Creative Industries. This ensures that the course keeps up with the rapid pace of creative change, and that student’s benefit from using the latest technologies and industry practice throughout their studies. For this course to be awarded the ScreenSkills quality mark, you can be sure that it has undergone a rigorous assessment process conducted by experts working in the Creative Industries.

What will I learn?

HND Digital Film and Television course content includes:

Year 1:

You will develop your skills in production-led video projects which will take you through the process of content creation enabling you to craft a digital video portfolio. You will build technical and workflow skills including camera operation, lighting, editing and sound recording.

Year 2:

You will further develop your portfolio with short films covering the essentials of screenwriting, directing and production skills for drama. You will also enhance your understanding of the development process in factual screenwriting. These areas are underpinned by advancing technical skills in camera, lighting and editing. You will also gain industry understanding through master classes delivered by working professionals and create a showreel and CV highlighting your practical skills.

Through the HND you will benefit from industry work placements, masterclasses given by visiting/on-line professionals, CV writing and workplace development. You will also be involved in a final showcase incorporating your portfolio of work.

You can view a sample of our student work, including our Royal Television Society winning entries, on the Digital Film and TV channel on Vimeo:

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NQ Television with Photography (SCQF level 6) (Accompanied by teaching staff recommendation)
  • NQ Media (SCQF level 6) (Accompanied by teaching staff recommendation)
  • NQ Journalism (SCQF level 6) (Accompanied by teaching staff recommendation)
  • At least one Higher (or equivalent), English is preferred

Applications are welcome from those without formal entry qualifications but who can demonstrate an interest in the creative industries through experience, with an emphasis on television and video production. They must also have relevant work experience, programme ideas or similar and boundless enthusiasm, creativity and team-working skills are essential

Entry requirements equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Springboard into work
Glasgow based Post Production house, Serious Facilities, offered site visits to six of our HND and HNC Digital Film and TV students in the summer. This was followed up with three further work placements and an offer of full time employment for one of our HND year 2 students.

Industry Visits and Work Opportunities
Freelance television and film industry visits often lead to further opportunities for our students. Stuart Cadenhead (1st Assistant Director) and Barry Laird, (AD and Locations) spoke with the students in production management. This led directly to a week-long work placement for one of our students on the television period drama Melrose (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), filmed in Glasgow and further opportunities working with the Comedy Unit and other productions.

Articulation Routes

  • University of Stirling

Jobs and further study

  • 2nd or 3rd year entry to various film and TV courses at universities in the UK and overseas.
  • Employment in the TV or film industry - graduates of this course have found work with BBC Scotland, STV, CineLab Film and Digital, MTP, Blazing Griffin, Savalas and many other independent companies.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply you will receive an automated e-mail confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Pre-selection will be based on application.
  • You will be asked to provide two references from separate organisations, i.e. academic and employment. These should be as current as possible. References from friends or family members are not acceptable.
  • You must submit evidence of your qualifications (original certificates, not copies). Submit any other evidence that you feel will support your application. Videos, photography, evidence of experience in the wider creative industries such as theatre work, events etc. 
  • Once an offer is received you must confirm your acceptance within 10 working days or risk losing your place. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. Student Funding, reading List, Induction Date, in the time leading up to the start of the course. 
  • If the course is full you will be told that you are on a waiting list till a place becomes available at a later date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3267