Course Type / Attendance

Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Art, Design and Media

Start Date

September 2017

Course Length

2 years




Higher Education


BA Hons, HND

Course Level


Award to be received

HND Art & Design: Photography

Regulatory Body


Awarding Body

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

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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?

You will need a level 3 qualification to apply for the course. Mature candidates may considered without the formal qualifications, dependent upon their former experience. All applicants will need to attend an interview; you should bring a portfolio and sketchbooks containing examples of your current work to this.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Over this 2 year programme you will complete 16 units which could include;

Year 1

  • Digital Media in Art and Design
  • Studio Practice in Photography
  • Darkroom Practice in Photography
  • Visual Communication in Art and Design
  • Fashion Photography
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
  • Critical Study in Art & Design
  • Exhibition of Art Work

Year 2

  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Photographic Techniques
  • Location Photography
  • Photographic Materials, Techniques and Technology
  • Specialist Practice in Photography
  • Management of Art Exhibitions
  • Professional Practice in Art and Design
  • Employability Skills

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, work journals and presentations.

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?

2017 tuition fee: £5,999 per year.

You will be recommended to purchase books, work journals, portfolios and a range of materials for your studies. Also during your studies you will be given the opportunity to take part in a UK trip and potentially an overseas field trip. In the past as a department we have visited places such as New York, London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, York and France.