HND in Photography

Qualification: BTEC HND Diploma
Level 5

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About the course

This nationally recognised qualification is run by industry professionals and is a natural progression from the HNC in Photography. It can lead you onto a full degree at university or directly into employment. 

You will work independently on a choice of live project briefs that will provide you with invaluable work experience and professional practice. You will demonstrate your abilities in a range of techniques, skills and areas of work both on location and in our state-of-the-art photography studio.

The course 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.

Financially the HND is a far more cost effective option than a degree.

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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
  • HNC in photography
  • Good IT skills
  • Strong creative portfolio of work
  • English GCSE grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in photography
  • You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto the course
Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
12/09/18 1 year Main £3750* (eligible for Higher Education loan)
What next?
  • Top-up to a relevant BA degree
  • Employment in the photography industry
  • Career development

Our HND programme has an established record of progression to employment both locally and in London and university top-up degree courses ranging from photography to advertising. We now also have graduates who have progressed onto a Masters Degree.

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.