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So another academic year has been and gone. There have been highs, lows, tears, joy and most importantly in this department laughter. As each year comes and goes in this fast-paced environment we need to find the time to sit down and reflect on the highlights and memorable moments. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of my most favourite parts of the year….


After a restful summer the teaching staff welcomed over 80 full-time students onto our NQ, HNC and HND courses.  This included over 30 students continuing their studies with us by moving from one course onto the next level of study.


Recent HNC graduate Vivienne Muir, now living and working in the Middle East, was recognised in the international food awards.

Vivienne Muir recognised in International Food Photography Awards

Our students took on their first external event covering the Colleges Scotland Parliamentary Reception.

Colleges Scotland Parliamentary Reception Image by Alana Bowman


HND Students were all systems go with some fashion photography pressure projects.

Fashion Photography Pressure Project Results – Image by Erin Fyfe


We saw our HND Photography class of 2017 graduate at the annual awards ceremony held in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  Congratulations to all of the graduates and I hope that your photography journey is continuing well since you finished your studies with us in Motherwell.

NCL Graduation 2017 – Image by Samanatha Sweeney

Students got into the festive spirit photographing the St. Andrew’s Hospice Winter Wonderland and Santa Dash events.


The Etsy Made Local annual Christmas market held at The Briggait in Glasgow was photographed by some of our HND students as part of their photojournalism assignments.

Etsy Made Local 2017 – Image by Samantha Sweeney

We celebrated the end of the year with our “traditional” HND Christmas lunch.  A few hours were spent around our banquet table reflecting on the year gone past, highlights, friendships and hopes for the coming year.

Image by Jim McFarlane


We welcomed the newest addition to the Motherwell Photography family… Our HND student Julie gave birth to the beautiful Evie.  A true inspiration to all of us, Julie undertook semester 1 during her pregnancy and returned to college to complete her HND once Evie had joined the troops!


Our HNC students visited Culzean Castle to meet former student Alistair Fenn and find out what is like working as part of the “Reveal” project with the National Trust.

Alistair Fenn (former student) explains his job at Culzean Castle (Photograph by Craig Murray)


We launched a calendar competition in conjunction with St. Andrew’s Hospice.  Images will be featured in the hospice’s 2019 calendar.

Preparation started for our annual Creative Showcase which included an HND photography field trip to view current Glasgow exhibitions.

HND Students visited Street Level Photoworks to look at current exhibitions


Our NQ students enjoyed several field trips to capture images for their coursework assessments.

NQ Photography visiting Kelvingrove Museum

Two of our HNC students, Craig Murray and Caitlin Johnstone, gained experience covering the World Skills Automotive competition heat held at the college.


The annual BIPP awards ceremony, held in The Grosvenor Cinema Ashton Lane, saw us scoop 3 student awards and our CQL, Lewis Napier, was awarded Professional Photographer of the year after a clean sweep in the Single Image Non-Commissioned category.

BIPP Scotland Winners 2018

May 24th saw our annual Creative Showcase take place in Motherwell Campus.  With almost 120 images on show there was something for everyone.

Creative Showcase 2018 – Image by Kirstie Traynor


We welcomed St. Andrew’s Hospice on Thursday June 7th to reveal the winning entries in the 2019 calendar competition.  The final selection of images feature photographers from all of our class groups – well done to all the winners and all of our students for their participation in this event.

St Andrew’s Hospice Calendar Competition Winners – Image by Craig Murray

The academic year drew to a close and students submitted their final coursework.  This includes almost 50 graded unit submissions from our HNC and HND students featuring their specialised portfolios.

So there you have it!  That was academic year 2017-18.  I certainly couldn’t cover everything that happened this year but that rundown gives you all a bit of an insight into some of the highlights of the year.  I am incredibly proud of everything our students have achieved over the year, thank you all for your dedication to the course and for putting your hands up for all of these extra-curricular opportunities.  Without your enthusiasm for photography and everything the course involves my job as a lecturer would be so much more difficult!

I am checking out now for what I hope to be a restful summer, to recharge batteries, enjoy this current glorious weather and come back next year to do it all again!  Who knows what next year has in store for us all but I for one am excited to find out!

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2 thoughts on “Roundup : Academic Year 2018

  1. Never a dull moment. Photography, friendships and education all rolled in to one.

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