When & Where

  • Orange calendar icon 28 September 2023 - 12 June 2025 ( 240 hours, 30 weeks )
  • Orange map marker icon Chelsea Centre

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code C23PGYF11A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This HNC part-time photography course offers students advanced skills in studio lighting, B&W darkroom printing and postproduction techniques. It is designed to provide a competitive edge for those wishing to pursue a career in photography by offering in-depth practical explorations into current photographic practices. During the course, which will be delivered over 2 years, you will build on your knowledge by studying four Units each year, (eight Units in total). The broad variety of Units will provide plenty of opportunities to discover the area of photography you are particularly passionate about. You will explore practical aspects of photography and will acquire extensive skills in studio lighting, industry based digital postproduction, analogue photography and b&w darkroom printing, which will enable you to produce impactful photographs. The theoretical units will provide an historical and cultural framework that will inform your understanding of photography in a wider context. Throughout your studies you will develop the strong collaborative working, problem solving and communication skills that you will need to succeed. Our group sizes are small and our team of specialist staff will guide you and support you to develop your professional practice and produce a strong portfolio that will be truly valued by potential clients and employers. Students learn actively through workshop-based teaching in our state-of-the-art studio and B&W darkroom. The learning is further enriched with visiting lecturers and a range of study visits to museums and galleries. This is a current AOP (Association of Photographers) accredited course, that offers all students a free AOP student membership for the duration of their studies. For more information contact Niki Sianni - niki.sianni@morleycollege.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use advanced studio lighting techniques to produce impactful photographs
  • Create innovative images using a range of up to date post-production techniques
  • Apply darkroom techniques effectively to produce high quality B and W prints that explore the relationship between technique and bespoke output
  • Apply research and planning techniques to develop a photographic strategy in response to a given brief that explores current trends in photography
  • Create and present a strong photographic portfolio in an online platform

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design [EDEXCEL]

Class format and activities

The course will be delivered in Chelsea Centre. Active learning will take place through workshop-based teaching in our state-of-the-art studio and darkroom. One -to-one support and constructive feedback will be provided to develop the skills and confidence to succeed independently. All course materials (project briefs, background notes, handouts, you tube videos, links to galleries etc.) will be available online and accessible via our Virtual Learning Environment, Microsoft Teams. Recordings of online presentations will be available via Microsoft Teams. The learning experience will be enriched with a range of study visits to museums and galleries.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have knowledge equivalent to a level 3 Photography program. 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 needed. You will have to have a digital portfolio of your own photographic work (16-20 images) that you will present/discuss in your online interview.

What you need to know before you enrol

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

What you need

You will need to have a DSLR, or mirrorless camera. Access to a computer is essential.

What you can do next

Once you complete this course you could progress to the HND in Photography course, or join the second year of a degree course. Alternatively, you can start your own photographic business, or seek employment as a photographer.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee