Photography BTEC HNC (part-time)
This Level 4 Photography course aims to develop your specialist and multi-disciplinary skills to a high standard, giving you the opportunity to explore a wide range of techniques and build a substantial portfolio of work. You will study core units and then further optional units relevant to your chosen pathway in photography. The emphasis throughout the course will be on developing a creative portfolio and using a wide range of photography techniques. You will also have the opportunity to showcase your work to the public at the Colleges Art & Design End of Year Show.
I did my Fine Art Diploma at Bedford College and then progressed on to this Photography course. I didn’t even consider university because the College had such good Ofsted results and I knew the tutors in the Art department were excellent. I also wanted to save money, and the course at College was cheaper than university, plus I could live locally so didn’t have additional living costs to pay.
I think the course has done a lot for me because I came from a fine art background and needed to develop my photography skills, such as shooting in the studio and being out on location. I’ve been able to work on professional projects while on the course, which has given me invaluable experience. Last week we photographed a ceremony in Bedford and we’ve also previously done some photography work for a local jeweller.
My next step is to set up my own professional photography business with two other students from the course. We’re building up our professional portfolio at the moment and hoping to have some events booked towards the end of this year.
Roger - Photography HND
To begin this course you will need a:
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) with Functional Skills, OR
- BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Photography), OR
- a National Diploma in an Art & Design subject, OR
- or an equivalent Level 3 qualification
Applicants from A-Level programmes displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered, as will mature students, who will be considered individually on relevant professional experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.
You will study core units and specialist units. Students may negotiate an aspect of their specialist unit study with their tutors, though suggesting which units benefit their career intentions.
All mandatory core units:
- Visual Communication in Art and Design
- Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
- Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
- Professional Practice in Art and Design
- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.
A minimum of 60 credits from Specialist units Group A (the majority of units are 15 credits each):
- Communication with Images in Art and Design
- Art, Design and Media Practice within the Digital Environment
- 2D, 3D and Time-based Digital Applications
- Digital Media in Art and Design
- Lens-based Recording Techniques in Art and Design
- Studio Practice in Photography
- Darkroom Practice in Photography
- Visual Language in Photography
- Advertising Photography
- Reprographic Processes in Photography
- Photographic Techniques
- Digital Image Creation and Development
- Location Photography
- Fashion Photography
- Press Photography and Photo Journalism
- Specialist Practice in Photography
- Photographic Materials, Techniques and Technology
- Management of Art Exhibitions
- Time-based Artwork.
Specialist units Group B (no minimum credit):
- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
- Critical Study in Art and Design
- Professional Studies in Art and Design
- Ideas in Context
- Research Project
- Personal and Professional Development
- Managing a Creative Business
- Business Practice in Art and Design
- Work-based Experience
- Employability Skills
- References and Sources in Art and Design
- Commissioned Fine Art Work
- Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design.
You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising artists, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each project.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to enter employment.
- Resource fee of £75 to cover printing costs, photography trips/visits, your end of year final major project and entry fee for competitions
You will need to study six hours per week, Thu-Fri 9.15am-4.30pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose study.