When & Where

  • Orange calendar icon 29 September 2022 - 22 June 2023 ( 960 hours, 60 weeks )
  • Orange map marker icon Chelsea Centre

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code C22PGYF02A

What you will learn

Unleash your creativity by joining this highly creative and exciting specialist Level 5 course! The programme has been designed to provide a rich and diverse experience with clear emphasis on professional development and the creation of a strong portfolio. The interaction of technical theoretical and creative aspects of photography is central in the delivery of the HND programme, with the focus of keeping up to date with the rapidly evolving photography industry. This course will offer students a place to develop and find direction for their work, through in-depth and hands-on exploration of current techniques and trends in photographic practice. The learning takes place in small groups, in our state of the art studio and darkroom, and is further enriched by gallery visits. Students benefit from 1 to 1 support and a variety of teaching styles by inspirational lecturers with professional experience as photography practitioners. During the course you will complete six units, which will enable you to develop the ability to plan, create and successfully manage ambitious photography projects. You will expand your skills in studio lighting, industry based digital post production, analogue photography and b&w darkroom printing and will explore branding and identity. The theoretical aspects of the course will provide an historical and cultural framework that will broaden your understanding of photography in a wider context. You will deepen your analytical thinking and will have an abundance of opportunities to create innovative photographs and communicate thought-provoking concepts and establish yourself in your chosen area of photography. Throughout your studies you will develop strong collaborative working, problem solving and communication skills that you will need to succeed. This is a programme for those who wish to develop a range of skills highly valued by employers, in order to enter the photographic profession.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply research and planning techniques, to develop a photographic strategy, in response to briefs that explore current trends in photography
  • Analyse the characteristics of photographic images in different contexts and effectively use camera techniques to communicate thought-provoking concepts through image making
  • Use studio lighting and post-production techniques to produce impactful photographs
  • Apply darkroom techniques effectively to produce high quality B and W prints that explore the relationship between technique and bespoke output
  • Create and present a strong photographic portfolio in an online platform

Class format and activities

Active learning through workshop-based teaching in our state of the art studio and darkroom Access to 24 -7 learning, supported by dynamic online live and recorded resources Enriched learning with a range of study visits to museums and galleries Regularly reviewed progress towards achieving the learning outcomes One -to-one support and constructive feedback to develop the skills and confidence to succeed independently End of year exhibition Assessment Methods: Your work will be assessed at the end of each project.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have previously completed a level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) programme, as the Higher National Diploma (HND) is a continuation of the HNC course. GCSEs, grade 4/C or above, in Maths and English (or an equivalent level of qualification) is desirable. For non-native English speakers, an IELTS 5.5 is required. You will also need to have a digital portfolio of your own photographic work that you will present/discuss in your interview.

What you need to know before you enrol

This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you need

Professionalism, a ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to collaborate with others. You will need to have a DSLR, or mirrorless camera and have access to a computer.

What you can do next

Once you complete this course you could continue your studies and attend a BA Top Up, or a Masters course in University. Alternatively, you can start your own photographic business, or seek employment as a photographer.


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