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HNC Art & Design (Photography)

Course title

HNC Art & Design (Photography)
120 credits

Campus location

Whittingham Campus and Coombswood Campus

Why study this course?

Digital marketing is now one of the fastest-growing industries in modern society. Every company whether a large high street chain or a local small business needs images to promote what they sell either through online platforms or traditional methods of advertising.

This course offers students a broad introduction to the subject area, effectively building core skills, and preparing students for further specialisation at Level 5.

The course offers a stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students, providing essential subject knowledge needed to progress successfully into further study and the world of work.

Delivered in a supportive environment, by staff with a wealth of experience in the industry, students will gain access to necessary resources, including MAC computers, DSLR cameras, and work in the campus’ Photography Studio and Darkroom.

Graduates completing the Level 4 HNC will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Art & Design.  They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility.  Students will have also developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence, and problem-solving strategies.

Length of course

Full time, over one year.

Students will be required to attend college two full days and one-half day per week.

Compulsory modules

  • A1 Concept and Development – 85 credits
  • A2 Creative Project – 35 credits


Teaching is conducted on campus for a minimum of two full days, and one-half day per week – this may include evening sessions.

Students are expected to complete several hours of self directed study from home, and complete photographic shots, independent research, develop time management and independent working skills.

 Tutorial support will be provided by the Course Leader.


The course has one core unit at Level 4, which will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills.

All other units are assessed by centre-devised internal assignments, assessed work will be evidenced through a mixture of practical workshops, presentations, and written assignments.

The units taught on this course will include live briefs set by industry professionals to help develop students’ professional practice and practical skills alongside employers.

Assessment is graded at pass, merit or distinction.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply via UCAS Apply, using the UCAS code: PHHC

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Should any applicants have questions or queries, please contact the Student HUB for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7777

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website

Entry requirements

  • 48 UCAS points
  • GCSE grades A* to C (9 – 4) in Maths and English Language.
  • A Level 3 vocational qualification in a relevant subject at grade PPP or above, or 1 A Level with one in a related area

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.

Start date

September 2024


September 2024 course timetable to be confirmed


September 2024 course timetable to be confirmed

Course fee

Full Time: £5,995

Course equipment: approximately £640

It is recommended students purchase:

  • DSLR camera
  • 1TB portable hard drive
  • two 16GB SD cards
  • USB sticks
  • Adobe Photoshop (12 months access)
  • A3 plastic folder to store photographic prints

HE Loan available to eligible applicants.

Should any applicants have questions or queries concerning finance, please contact Admissions for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7607

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website


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