Higher Education

Photography HND

Full-Time + Part-Time


Course Location: Whittingham Road Campus

Course Duration

  • Full-time over 2 years
  • Part-time over 3 years

Fees (2018-19)

  • Full-time total tuition fees - £12,000
  • Part-time total tuition fees - £12,454.40

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

UCAS course code: W6U9

How to apply

  • For Full-Time applications, apply via UCAS:
  • For Part-Time applications, apply using the following online application system:

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.

The course will develop your particular talents as a photographer and you will build a portfolio of work that clearly identifies you as a photographer of, for example, portraits, fashion and advertising or as a photojournalist. 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?

Core Units

  • Visual Communication
  • Ideas Generation & Development
  • Contextual & Cultural Referencing
  • Professional Practice
  • Project Design, Implementation & 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 & Photojournalism
  • Specialist Practice in Photography

Units are subject to change

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.

Delivery — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Independent Study 70% 70%
Placement 0% 0%
Timetabled Classes 20% 20%

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework and practical assessments.

Assessment — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Coursework 34% 31%
Practical 66% 69%
Written 0% 0%

What do I need?

48 UCAS Points

  • A Level 3 qualification in Photography or a related subject; or
  • 2 or more A Levels, including Photography; or
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate (Art & Design)

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or 4) in Maths and English Language.

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.

Where can it take me?

Those wishing to continue their studies can use this qualification to progress on to a full honours top up degree at many universities, in Photography-related subject areas.

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