Course Type / Attendance


Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area


Art, Design and Media

Start Date


September 2017

Course Length


2 years

Location


Bede

Department


Higher Education

Qualification


BA Hons, HND

Course Level


5

Award to be received


HND Art & Design: Photography

Regulatory Body


Pearson

Awarding Body


Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Home / Course / HND Photography

UCAS Codes


Institution Name


CSUND

Institution Code


C69

Campus Code/Campus


W652

Short Title


HND Photography & Digital

Who is this course for?

This programme gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of photographic specialisms including, Studio Lighting, Film-based Photography, Location Photography, Digital Imaging, Fashion Photography, Professional Practice and the History of Photography. Over the course of two years you will develop a substantial 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 into the final year of a full degree. This course offers a much more personal experience with smaller class sizes than larger universities.

 

The course is intended for anyone with a passion for photography and is looking for a potential future professional career in the photographic and visual arts sector. It is aimed at any student who wishes to develop and broaden their skills in photography.

What do you need to apply for the course?

This programme gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of photographic specialisms including, Studio Lighting, Film-based Photography, Location Photography, Digital Imaging, Fashion Photography, Professional Practice and the History of Photography. Over the course of two years you will develop a substantial 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 into the final year of a full degree. This course offers a much more personal experience with smaller class sizes than larger universities.

The course is intended for anyone with a passion for photography and is looking for a potential future professional career in the photographic and visual arts sector. It is aimed at any student who wishes to develop and broaden their skills in photography.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course comprises of level 4 and level 5 units. At level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the creative industries sector through four core units, which includes one unit assessed through a Pearson set assignment. The core units are:

Professional Development

Contextual Studies

Individual Project (Pearson – set)

Techniques & Processes

 

Mandatory specialist pathway units will include:

Lighting for Photography

Photographic Practices

 

Students will then undertake a further two specialist units (related to their level 4 pathway) from:

 

Communication in Art and Design

Darkroom Techniques

Visual Narrative

For the level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma you will complete a further two core units. One of which will be assessed through a Pearson set assignment. The core units are:

Professional Practice

Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)

Mandatory specialist photography pathway unit includes:

Advanced Photographic Studies

A further three units will also be completed in this year, which will improve your knowledge, skills and understanding of ‘photographic practice’ and contribute to an enhanced portfolio of photography.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

How you will learn

Teaching

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, coursework journals and presentations.

 

Some lessons may be taught in conjunction with the full range of HND students on the general  Art and Design programme, such as Contextual Studies and some core units.

 

Independent learning

When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the units on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience . Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your lecturer.

Where could this course take you?

Following completion of the HND, you may then opt to progress to a BA (Hons) Top- up degree at a number of institutions with the primary route possibly being to Sunderland University. The Top-up degree will enable you to maintain a breadth of study right up to degree level.

 

Alternatively, you could choose to move into the industry as a practicing photographer or a range of Art & Design related jobs including – Freelance Photographer, Fashion photographer, Digital editor, Advertising Photographer, Photography Teacher, Studio Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Community arts worker, Arts administrator, Multimedia specialist and a Museum or Gallery Curator.

What costs will you incur?

The fees are currently £5,999

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.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, folders and some props and materials for your photo shoots.

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, Liverpool, York and France – please note that these trips are optional only and are not a requirement to complete the course successfully.

Financial support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page