Higher Education

Photography HND

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Course Location: Whittingham Road Campus

Course Duration

  • Full-time over 2 years

Fees (2017-18)

  • Full-time total tuition fees - £12,000

Please note that we are currently unable to accept international students.

UCAS course code: W6U9

About this course

This HND course is for students who have had prior experience of studying Photography and provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the Photography sector. The aim of the course is to prepare you for a career as a Photographer.

Through a choice of specialist units, the main emphasis throughout the course will be on developing a creative portfolio and using a wide range of photographic techniques.

Photographers specialise and the aim of the course is to develop or identify your particular talents. During the course you will build a portfolio of work that clearly identifies you as a Fashion Photographer, Advertising Photographer, Photojournalist, or Portrait Photographer for example. The portfolio is the photographer’s most powerful tool (it is what gets you work), and there will be a strong emphasis on creating this.

As the HND is a vocational course you will be placed in a work environment during your second year so that you can appreciate the rigours of the profession at first hand. You will be visited by working professionals who will tell you about how they built their careers, and give you feedback on your own work.

What will I learn?

  • Visual Communication
  • Ideas Generation & Development
  • Contextual & Cultural Referencing
  • Professional Practice
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation Specialist Units
  • Digital Media in Art & Design
  • Studio Practice in Photography
  • Visual Language in Photography
  • Location Photography
  • Critical Study
  • Business Practice in Art & Design
  • Work Based Experience
  • Advertising Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Press Photography and Photojournalism
  • Specialist Practice in Photography

Units are subject to availability

In the second year there will be a mandatory trip abroad as well as regular exhibition visits and field trips that will need to be attended to complete the course.

What do I need?

48 UCAS Points

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Photography or a similar discipline
  • 2 or more A Levels , one in Photography
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate (Art & Design pathway)

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C in English Language and Maths.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

You will be required to provide a portfolio of your previous work prior to an offer being made for the course. A DBS check is required.

Where can it take me?

Employment routes after completion of qualification

There are a range of career options available after completion of this qualification, ranging from forensic photography to high street and wedding photography.

Top up routes after completion of the qualification

If you wish to continue your studies you can use this qualification to progress on to a full honours degree at many universities, in a Photography related subject areas.