Part Time

Subject Area

Art, Design and Media

Start Date

September 2017

Course Length

2 Years




Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

HNC Photography

Regulatory Body


Awarding Body


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Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at any student who wishes to develop their skills and creativity in photography. The course is intended for anyone with a passion for photography and may be looking for a potential future professional career in the visual arts sector.
This programme gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of specialist Photographic practice and Digital Media. Over the course of two years you will develop a personal portfolio and also take part in an exhibition of your own work. In the second year you will be directed towards how to best prepare for employment within the creative industries or how to take the next step onto HND Photography.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have a level 3 qualification or equivalent in a relevant area.
It is also desirable that you have at least a level 2 qualification in English and maths.
Mature candidates will be considered without the formal qualifications, dependent upon their former experience.
All applicants will need to attend an interview; you should bring a portfolio containing examples of your photographic work.

What are the key things you'll learn?

During your course you will be introduced to a broad range of fundamental photographic practical skills and techniques, exploring digital and film based processes. Alongside your practical studies you will also study a photographic theory and history programme, which helps broaden your photographic knowledge and supporting your creative development.

Over this 2 year programme you will complete 8 units which may include;

• Visual Communication in Art and Design
• Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
• Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
• Professional Practice in Art and Design
• Studio Practice in Photography
• Darkroom Practice in Photography
• Photographic Techniques
• Digital Image Creation and Development
• Location photography
• Professional studies in Art & Design (including photographic law)
• Photographic Materials, Techniques and Technology

How you will learn

You will learn through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, exhibition and gallery visits and self-directed study. You will be assessed on practical course work and presentations. You will also complete two pieces of written work per year.
You will develop an online website as well as a traditional print portfolio, preparing you for a photographic career. You will have the opportunity to work on live projects and work experience opportunities

Where could this course take you?

Following completion of the HNC, you may then opt to progress to the level 5 HND Photography program. The level 5 HND will enable you to build on the skills already gained on the HNC, building the standard of your work and professionalism; preparing you for a photographic career or progression onto a degree program if you so wish.

Alternatively you could choose to move into the industry as a practicing commercial photographer or a range of Photography related jobs including – Photojournalism, Editorial Photographer, Fine Art Photography, Fashion Photography, Product Photography, Retoucher, Picture Editor, Wedding Photographer, Lifestyle Photographer, Curating, Education.

What costs will you incur?

Current tuition fees is £2000 per year.
Other course costs:
Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing, which will be paid in three installments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.
You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.
Also during your studies you will be given the opportunity to take part in a UK trip and potentially an overseas field trip to New York. In the past as a department we have visited places such as London, Edinburgh, Bradford, Liverpool, York and France – please note that these trips are optional only and are not a requirement to complete the course successfully.