Therapeutic Photography 30 credits at SCQF level 7

1. Overview

This 12 week online module will teach the underpinning principles of this new intervention and demonstrate how practitioners can use this approach in their practice.

The module will look at the benefits of using this approach, both for the practitioners, and the clients, and will use theory to illustrate how to use photographs in practice to encourage and direct narratives.

Participants of the module will be guided through the process to consider working with photographs to explore self-image, relationships, environment, culture and society. To do this, the module delivers presentations, written guidance, journal articles, and an online discussion area, and participants will be expected to upload photographs, and contribute to discussions, on this forum.

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Therapeutic Photography Flyer (PDF 1MB)

2. What you will study

This module aims to meet a demand for training in the use of therapeutic photography across disciplines in health and social care.

Topics covered include:

  • The 4 domains of therapeutic photography
  • Outcomes 
  • Theory of the self – identity, social identity and self-concept
  • Self esteem and self efficacy
  • Analysing relationships using Bronfenbrenner
  • Attachment theory in images
  • Photo elicitation
  • The “self” in society
  • Freire and Empowerment
  • Photovoice

3. How you will learn

Workbooks and supporting material and information accessed via the University's Virtual Learning Environment ( Campus Moodle).

4. Entry Requirements

This course is intended for any practitioner who is interested in using the visual means of photography to build a therapeutic relationship with clients.

Applicants are required to write the assignment in English, so a pass in English at Higher/A level or equivalent is required.

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £800 .

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £750 .


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

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6. How to apply

For further information or to submit an application form please contact the course leader:

Therapeutic Photography Enrolment Form (DOC 132KB)

Neil Gibson
Telephone: 01224 263212

7. Prospects

This course will give practitioners the skills and knowledge to use therapeutic photography in their work settings. Successful completion of the course will also result in 30 modular credits.

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30 credits at SCQF level 7

Start Date

January 2018

Course Length

12 weeks

Mode of Attendance

Distance Learning

Academic School
School of Applied Social Studies
More Information:
Neil Gibson Senior Lecturer
01224 263212