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Photography BTEC HND (part-time) (top-up from HNC)

This Level 5 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 is on developing a creative portfolio and using wide range of photography techniques. You will also have the opportunity to showcase your work to the public at the College's Art & Design End of Year Show.

Award-winning students

Six design awards have been won by our HND Graphic Design students in the YCN 2015 European
Design competition. Of all the colleges and universities that entered Bedford College had the second highest number of winning entries with an equally impressive success rate of 50%. Fourteen of our students worked within teams on live briefs set by Santander, Syfy, Save the Children and Topdeck Travel.

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DanielleHear from former Graphic Design HND student Danielle Harrington

“I really enjoyed the two years I spent on the course. I learnt so much which has prepared me for working life within the design industry.”

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“When I finished my Foundation Degree course I had the option to go to university but I specifically chose to stay at Bedford College and do a HND.  The main reason why I chose this route was because I had spoken to the teachers and students on the HND course and realised how good it was.  It was also a much cheaper option than university because I could live at home.”

“The course was designed to provide as much professional exposure and experience as possible, and that was why so many students went on to great success. We undertook live projects and each one focused on a different area of graphic design such as advertising, magazine layout, corporate identity and web design.  For each area we learnt how to use the latest industry software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.”

“The teachers were brilliant.  They each had their individual talents and industry knowledge that helped to enhance what they taught us in the classroom.  For example our graphics teacher also worked as a designer at Bonfire design agency and he arranged for our class to have a portfolio assessment with one of his colleagues.  I’m sure that’s one of the reasons why I got my current job as a designer for an events company so quickly.”

“Overall, I had an amazing time at College – they taught me everything I needed to know for a successful career in design.”

Lauren - Graphic Design HND

Entry requirements

To start this HND you must have successfully completed the HNC and entry is subject to a successful interview where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.

Course content

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.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • 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.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
1-2 years (depending on prior learning) 21/09/2017 Thu, Fri 9.15 am - 4.30 pm £630 Cauldwell Street L1497 Apply

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2017-18 Part-time Course Guide will be out in May.
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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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