HNC in Photography

Qualification: BTEC HNC
Level 4

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About this course

This course is ideal for those with a desire to be a professional photographer, work in creative industries, or enhance their skills for work or pleasure. Run by tutors with a wealth of professional industry experience, you will develop your existing skills and explore new concepts. The course will provide you with a range of styles and techniques relevant to your chosen specialism.

You will learn a range of camera techniques and skills working on location and in our state-of-the-art photography studio. You will also gain valuable work experience and professional development by working to live project briefs.

This course is classified as a full-time course. It includes 1.5 contact days per week at college and will culminate in an exhibition where you will showcase your work in a professional setting to the public, local employers and higher education institutions.

The HNC can be classed as the first year of the HND, or it can be taken as a stand-alone qualification if you desire. Progression can eventually lead to a relevant degree via a top up year at university.

"This course has encouraged me to try new projects and to really experiment with my work which has been fantastic. The tutors have such a depth of knowledge that meant that I am supported but also know how to improve." - Phillip Banyard, now studying HND Photography at City College

Financial assistance
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What you will learn

The aims of this course are to encourage and nurture your creative and technical skills. 

  • Develop advanced photographic skills and techniques working on location and in our state-ofthe-art photography studio
  • Lighting techniques both in the studio and on location
  • You will have the opportunity to work on client led live briefs
  • You will have the opportunity to explore your choice of specialist areas of photographic practice
Learning style

Classes take place in specially designed photography studios and involve a range of activities including group and individual work. You will be encouraged to build on your strengths and develop further in areas for improvement. There is an overarching priority to build confidence and enable you to develop your own creative style. This is a practical course with some written units. There are no written exams.

  • Large and fully equipped photography studio with industry standard equipment
  • Digital and analogue technology
  • Photography dark room
  • Suite of Apple Macs featuring latest Adobe CC software for editing and processing
  • Gallery exhibition space

100% Coursework/practical assessment

Entry requirements
  • Level 3 qualification in design, photography, media or other relevant subject area (such as an A-level or a foundation or extended diploma) 
  • Strong creative portfolio of work
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in photography
  • Applicants may be considered without formal qualifications if their skills and experience are of an appropriate standard - this would be assessed at interview
  • You will be required to attend an interview prior to enrolling onto the course
What next?
  • HND in photography
  • Top-up to degree level course in photography
  • Employment in the photography industry
  • Career development
Additional information

A digital SLR camera is essential for this course. You are also advised to purchase a USB memory stick of 1GB or more. 

This qualification is awarded by BTEC Edexcel, 190 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BH. Telephone 0844 576 0026

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