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Therapeutic Photography

Short Course - 30 credits at SCQF level 7
Therapeutic Photography 30 credits at SCQF level 7

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

This 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.
You will be guided through the process to consider working with photographs to explore self-image, relationships, environment, culture and society.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Available on request

Course Length

12 weeks
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


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

Learning Methods

This 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. 

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


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.


This course will give you the skills and knowledge to use therapeutic photography in your work settings. 

Successful completion of the course will also result in 30 modular credits.


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

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


For Academic Session 2021/2022

  • All Students: £840

For Academic Session 2020/2021

  • All Students: £840

Additional Costs

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


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 or how to apply? Get in touch with the Course Leader who will be delighted to help.

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