Therapeutic Photography

Camera, coffee and a laptop

The Therapeutic Photography course at Robert Gordon University is the first of its kind in the world. You will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to confidently and competently use the technique in practice to enhance self-esteem, self-efficacy and empowerment.

Therapeutic Photography is the structured, guided engagement with the creative intervention of photography in order to produce images for exploration with clearly defined outcomes for the participant. 

The course is aimed at professionals who are working with people who may be vulnerable, marginalised or reluctant to engage.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 months

The course is delivered across two modules.

The first module focuses on dynamics, theory, skills, and outcomes of using Therapeutic Photography techniques. The module includes exploration of historic development, dynamics, underpinning theories and anticipated outcomes.

The second module is a participatory, experiential one in which you work together virtually to collate and explore images. You will be supported through this with the inclusion of recorded lectures, recorded interviews, and group tutorials to explore dynamics.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

Modules are taught in two blocks, 12 weeks from January – April, then 12 weeks from September - December.

The first module will be delivered via CampusMoodle and will involve pre recorded lectures, structured tasks, opportunities to share within a group forum, and tutorials via Teams. The assessment for this module will be via an essay.

The second module involves participation in a group programme where students take and explore images using an online forum. There will also be teaching via pre recorded lectures and tutorials via Teams. The assessment for this module will be a reflective portfolio and students will have choice in how they prepare and deliver this. 

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 2 hours per week
  • Seminars - 1 hour per week 
  • Tutorial - 4-5 hours per semester
  • Practical class or workshop - 1 hour per week

Staff Delivering on This Course

The course leader is an international expert on therapeutic photography techniques and has used these approaches in both research and practice.

He is joined on the team by experts in the fields of therapeutic practice, supervisory techniques, counselling skills, and the application of theory to practice.


Typically students are assessed by:

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 portfolio


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Independent Study

A significant portion of this courses is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

It is anticipated that students on the course will graduate with a clear understanding of the value of photographic interventions in therapeutic practice and have knowledge of the underpinning theories that guide exploration within the delivery of one to one work, as well as group work.


What are the entry requirements for a PgCert Therapeutic Photography?

Equivalent of 2.2 undergraduate degree, but applicants with a lower degree classification and relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

A personal statement to include why you wish to study this course, and how you intend to use the qualification in your future career.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

Rest of UK Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

EU Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

International Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

Rest of UK Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

EU Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

International Students

Part Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £2,050

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.

There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Service and we'll do our best to help.

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